We do not change a team that has just won. In his end-of-season press conference, Bob Myers formulates an offseason goal for the Warriors that will surprise no one: try to keep the group intact to go and defend their title next year.
« Our goal, our hope is to get all these guys back and try to do it again. They were all great on different levels and all met different needs for us. A lot of our free agents have had great moments in the NBA Finals, which means they’re pretty big “, Displays the GM of the franchise, certainly thinking of Kevon Looney or Gary Payton II.
It will not be an easy task because in addition to these two players, Otto Porter Jr, Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Damion Lee or Juan Toscano-Anderson are all unprotected free agents this summer.
« It’s under our control to a certain extent, but in a way it’s not. I hope our players will give us a chance to respond to an offer. They don’t have to. They don’t owe us. But that’s what you get if you win and create a good environment “, continues the manager, who knows that the players in question mainly want to continue the adventure in California.
“We are still far from knowing what Andrew wants”
The management of these multiple files, which already promises to be difficult, will not be the only challenge for this off-season. Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole are still under contract but are already eligible for an extension. Their situation will be big priority by Bob Myers, while the second can negotiate his extension until October 17, where the former Wolves player has no “deadline”.
As the manager reminds us, each player has his contractual reality. With Jordan Poole, he imagines instead an agreement between the training camp and the deadline.
As for Andrew Wiggins, we’re still a long way from knowing what Andrew wants and what his agent wants, but I know what we want. We want to keep him and we’re going to do everything we can to keep these two guys. »
These efforts will mechanically plunge the accounts of the Warriors, the biggest payroll in the league, a little more into the red. ” The payroll is already, as you know, the largest in the league ($184 million). And the second team (the Nets, with 172 million) is not so close. This will change over time, but Joe (Lacob, the owner) always wanted to win. It just depends on whether we think we can get some value out of free agency for some of these guys. “, ends Bob Myers, who will also have to deal with the three players selected next night, including the 28th choice in the first round of the Draft.
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