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The Golden State Warriors and guardJordan Poole are reportedly likely to discuss a fresh contract aheadof the Oct. 18 deadline for rookie extensions.
Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson IIof The Athletic reported Wednesday that as the sides are anticipated to “engage” in talks, up to now there “doesn’t seem to be a levelof urgency” from the Dubs’ front office.
Poole was among the breakout stars ofthe 2021-22 NBA season. He initially helped fill a starting spot while Klay Thompson recovered from injury and played a keyreserve role because the Warriors rolled to a championship in June.
The third-year guard averaged 18.5points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds across 76 regular-seasonappearances. He shot 44.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent onthrees and 92.5 percent from the free-throw line.
His rookie contract includes ateam-friendly $3.9 million cap hit for 2022-23 and the Warriors canextend a qualifying offer next offseason to create him a restrictedfree agent.
So there isn’t any ton of time pressureon Golden State to provide him an extension that could likely include asignificant pay raise, especially because the team likely wants tomaintain just a little financial flexibility amid speculation they couldbring back Kevin Durant.
On the other hand, Poole’s growth into avaluable offensive weapon and potential foray into free agency nextsummer mean he’s set to profit whether or not the offercomes from Golden State or another organization.
The Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic andSan Antonio Spurs are on the list of possible suitors for an offer sheetif he does hit the free-agent market next summer, per Slater andThompson.
Needless to say, the Warriors could have theopportunity to complement any proposal the 23-year-old University ofMichigan product receives if he’s given the qualifying offer.
Therefore the insufficient urgency before theOctober deadline is not a surprise. Poole can be an important piece forthe Warriors because they try to bridge toward a fresh era in the yearsahead after long-term success led by Thompson, Stephen Curry andDraymond Green, and he’ll eventually be paid just like a franchisecornerstone if he continues his upward trajectory.
If there is no movement on the Durantfront on the next six weeks, possibly the Warriors are certain to get moreaggressive within their efforts to re-sign Poole prior to the deadline.They sound content to let him play out his rookie contract for the present time,though.