It’s no secret that the Golden State Warriors have some tough decisions to make soon. By next summer, four of their core players will need extensions – Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole.
Their payroll is already the largest of any NBA team, and this offseason they showed some signs of hesitation when it comes to spending more. They left Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II in free agency, opting instead to sign cheaper options. Paying all four guys next offseason will be a monstrous task.
While most people assume the Warriors will have to choose between Wiggins and Poole, their real choice should be between Thompson and Green. As hard as it is to admit, the old guard is coming to an end and Golden State needs to think about planning for the future. In that regard, keeping Wiggins and Poole around will be critical.
And in choosing between Green and Thompson, initial thoughts lead to the assumption that they should get rid of Thompson due to Poole’s emergence. However, with Green reportedly looking for a max contract, the Warriors could decide to ship him out in a sign-and-trade and keep Thompson, which would likely cost them less money.