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The Golden State Warriors have reportedly engaged in contract extension talks with Andrew Wiggins as he heads in to the this past year of his contract.
Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic categorized Wiggins’ extension because the one “probably” to obtain done on the roster but noted “there is nothing imminent.”
Wiggins emerged as important for Warriors management following a sterling postseason that saw him, sometimes, step up and become the team’s second-best player. He averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in the Warriors’ NBA Finals make an impression on the Boston Celtics, highlighted by double-doubles in Games 4 and 5.
The 2014 No. 1 overall pick has seemingly found a house in Golden State, where he’s in a position to fit in a particular role that accentuates his positive qualities instead of being likely to serve as a franchise face. He’s emerged as a rugged defender within the Warriors’ team concept and ranks only behind Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole when it comes to having the ability to get his raised off the dribble.
The Warriors can pay Wiggins $33.6 million next season and may offer him a contract extension that starts at $40.3 million in 2023-24.
It’s unlikely Golden State can make this offer. Wiggins, for several of his strides, remains a decidedly below-max player. He is able to be inconsistent and aloof sometimes and still have not made huge strides along with his efficiency despite being surrounded by better talent.
Barring some unforeseen post-Finals leap, Wiggins wouldn’t normally be observed as a max player if he were going to the open market.
However, he would command a pricey below-max deal. Warriors brass will need to look for a number that both makes Wiggins more comfortable with his standing in the team hierarchy and will not have a massive tax hike.
Golden State will need to make contractual decisions with Wiggins, Poole and Draymond Green in the coming months. All three players meet the criteria to become free agents next summer, and extending the trio would take the Warriors well beyond their already record-setting tax payments.
It’s likely that, someone will undoubtedly be overlooked in the cold. It just will not appear see your face will undoubtedly be Wiggins.