Wiggs or JP? NBA Exec Predicts How Dubs Will Make A Decision Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Bayarea
With the 2022-23 NBA season just around the corner, the Warriors’ goal will be the same even if the roster isn’t.
The defending champion had to make some key decisions this season, leading them to split with fan favorites such as Juan Toscano-Anderson and Gary Payton II.
And those crucial decisions will only get more strenuous as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole all need contract extensions over the next two offseasons.
While it may seem like the most obvious decision to keep Green and Thompson at bay with their third piece of the Warriors dynasty Steph Curry, Golden State won’t be able to afford both Wiggins and Poole.
A Western Conference executive, who was not named, told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that he believes Wiggins’ future with the Warriors is more promising than Poole’s.
“Wiggins is like the opposite version of Harrison Barnes, where Barnes won rings early on and then wanted to get a bigger role and be the star,” the executive said. “He had to do that for some bad teams and now it’s, ‘Jeez, I wish I was winning again.’ Wiggins is going the other way. He’s pretty good at staying with the Warriors if they can afford him.”
Wiggins, 27, is entering his ninth year in the league after an explosive playoff performance that helped the Warriors win their fourth title in eight seasons.
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ former No. 1 roster in the 2014 NBA Draft found a more comfortable and rewarding home in Golden State and lived up to all expectations, plus more.
Meanwhile, Poole, who just turned 23 this summer, is entering his fourth year in the NBA after a breakthrough campaign last season.
That same executive believes the young guard may be “itching” to pursue a bigger role elsewhere, rather than getting off the couch for Golden State.
“Poole could have some though” [Harrison] Barnes in him,” the director explained. “He had to show a little bit of what he can do when everyone was injured and the team was bad, but he was pushed back within the team when Klay was healthy and everyone was talking about Wiggins and stuff. It depends on how they handle this contract “But if he gets the feeling they don’t want him, yes, I would imagine he would look elsewhere like Barnes did. Of course they replaced Barnes with Durant. Maybe they will do the same with Poole.”
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After averaging 8.8 points in his rookie year with the Warriors, Poole unleashed an exciting side from him last year, averaging 18.5 points in 76 games and 51 starts. The “Poole Party” came to life when Golden State needed it most.
There is no doubt that both Wiggins and Poole, in their own way, have played a tremendous part in the Warriors’ final round of championships and have quickly become loved and adored by Dub Nation.
While it’s never too early to think about the future, next season could make a huge difference in whatever the Warriors decide.
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