Warriors, Jordan Poole To Begin Contract Extension Talks Soon

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The Golden State Warriors had to say goodbye to a few key rotation players this NBA offseason. Owner Joe Lacob has shown a willingness to pay a lot of money for a winning team, as the Warriors have the highest payroll in the league and pay an exorbitant luxury tax. While they would have loved to keep everyone, it was not feasible as everyone, even owners, have a spending line that they can’t afford to go over.

Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee all departed. The team was able to re-sign Kevon Looney, but there are going to be more difficult decisions to make on the horizon.

Picking which players to keep long-term is not easy, but it is something that the franchise is going to have to decide in the coming weeks. Draymond Green has made his stance clear when it comes to an extension this offseason. In addition to Green, Jordan Poole is also eligible for a rookie extension.

According to Anthony Slater, who covers the Warriors and NBA for The Athletic, the first substantial negotiations between Poole and the team will come in early October following the upcoming Tokyo trip. The sides will have until the first day of the regular season to hammer out an extension, otherwise, Poole will be on his way to being a restricted free agent in free agency in 2023.

Poole was excellent for Golden State last season, taking a huge leap in his third year. He put up career-highs across the board, starting the season as the starting shooting guard alongside Stephen Curry until Klay Thompson was healthy enough to return to the lineup. After that, he transitioned into a sixth-man role.

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His production did not dip much as he averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 30 minutes per game. He made 51 starts and 76 appearances overall. In the postseason, he started five times out of the 22 games that the Warriors played and continued performing at a high level.

Poole played a little less per game, averaging 27.5 minutes, but he still scored 17 points as his efficiency skyrocketed. He added 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game, providing a consistent spark off the bench.

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These negotiations will be important as Poole is the first of what will be difficult negotiations that the franchise has. Andrew Wiggins will be a free agent in 2023 with Thompson and James Wiseman being eligible for extensions.

An already expensive roster is set to get even pricier in the coming years if the Warriors want to keep their core players around long-term.