SAN FRANCISCO — It took a while for Jordan Poole to soak it all up, wearing the hat and t-shirt with confetti falling from above at the Chase Center as the Golden State Warriors landed a trip to the Finals of the NBA.
If that’s a sentiment he wants to help replicate, punitive luxury tax penalties won’t deter the Warriors from keeping him.
Warriors president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers cut the question off before it could be finished, saying emphatically “no” when asked by Yahoo Sports if financial issues would prevent the franchise from keeping one of his youngest and most productive players.
“No, no,” Myers told Yahoo Sports. “I mean, fortunately [I] work for an ownership group in Joe [Lacob] who has committed all kinds of resources to win. And I know that because every time I ask him about lineup and strategy, it’s always a winner.
It’s not exactly a choice Poole or the Warriors have to address this offseason, as Poole completes his third season – leaving the two with the option of agreeing on a rookie-wide extension before October. If they can’t reach an agreement, Poole would hit restricted free agency in July 2023.
“You don’t need me to tell you what our payroll is. That’s pretty high,” Myers told Yahoo Sports. “So he just wants to win. And we spent a lot and we kept all the players we wanted to keep, so I don’t see that changing.
The Warriors’ payroll is about $40 million above the luxury tax threshold of $175 million, which means that as a luxury tax repeater, the bill could almost equal a dollar for dollar player salaries. However, the Warriors are estimated to bring in nearly $100 million in playoff revenue, so it’s not like Lacob and the team’s ownership group would be crying poverty-stricken, as Myers hinted. , especially in the name of victory.
The Warriors could try to lock Poole up for a long-term contract before he can even test free agency in 13 months, especially with Andrew Wiggins being in free agency at the same time.
Poole’s maximum rookie-scale extension would put him in the five-year range at nearly $190 million. The Class of 2019 will be set for expansions this summer, which means Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Tyler Herro and Poole will be the headlines.
Any agreed-upon extensions won’t go into effect until after the 2022-23 season, and the Warriors exercised Poole’s fourth-year option last October for $3.9 million, making him one of the biggest deals in the NBA, let alone the NBA Finals. arrange.
Poole played efficiently and under control in the Western Conference Finals, shooting 64 percent and 40 percent from 3 points against Dallas in the five-game series. He’s often resisted the urge to take bad shots or disrupt the offense, and he’s followed suit in what he’s done throughout this playoff series (53% from shots, 39% from threes). ).
After years of misfiring at the end of the first round, the Warriors brass struck gold with Poole in 2019, and after a shaky start he began to find his footing last season before bursting out this year. He’s not cut out of the mold of Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, so it took some time to figure out the best way to deploy the Michigan guard. He tests and stretches defenses more inside the 3-point line, but is just as aggressive and powerful from long range as Curry and Thompson.
Poole finished fourth in the Most Improved Player poll, averaging 18.5 points and four assists in 76 games, while consolidating minutes without Curry as he sits down to start the second and fourth quarters.
“From day one, just being able to try and put my stamp on the team in a positive way,” Poole said of his role, after the decisive game of Game 5. “Whether it’s in the locker room, asking questions and finding ways to fit in, to learn and to really grow in being myself alongside these greats, the basketball greats, the coaching staff to the players.”