Kawakami: Warriors’ new deals with Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins and what they mean for Draymond Green
The math is pretty simple: Jordan Poole’s new four-year, $123 million contract with the Warriors is only $3 million more than Tyler Herro’s guarantee with the Miami Heat, but that’s enough escalation. to notice it.
The Herro-plus, basically. Herro recently and temporarily pegged the market at $30 million a year for young, highly talented, playoff-proven head guards who aren’t the best players on their teams but could be on their way… and weeks later , Poole reset it by getting $30.75 million per. Both players have incentive clauses to weigh in, but counting only the guaranteed portions, it’s Poole over Herro by $3 million in total. Not too complicated, right?
In fact, it’s very complicated when you immerse Poole’s deal in the greater Warriors cosmos – everything surrounding this contract is brimming with dire consequences for the Warriors, coming at this point in the dynasty, given the other meaty contract decisions coming soon and just 10 days after Poole was hit by Draymond Green.
Poole’s deal – first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday, with terms first reported by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater – isn’t just a big bargaining win for Poole and his agents.