The Golden State Warriors already have the highest payroll in the NBA. With gargantuan contracts to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they're outspending an entire league filled with billionaire owners – and they're not done yet.
“The Warriors also will try to sign Poole to a multiyear extension this summer, which would allow them to avoid having to deal with him in restricted free agency in 2023,” Letourneau writes. “Keith Smith, a salary-cap expert for Spotrac, estimates that deal to be in the four-year, $80 million range.”
Poole has taken a huge leap this season as a third-year guard with real potent scoring prowess. He's averaging 16.4 points per game on 43.8% shooting, both career highs for the youngster.
Golden State's $176 million payroll is already the largest in NBA history. Adding even more towards it would put them closer to the $200 million range, with an equally exorbitant luxury tax bill that could push their expenditures to $400 million.
That's a pretty penny, even for someone with a couple billion in his or her bank account. The Warriors' willingness to foot such an enormous salary bill should tell you all you need to know about the team's commitment to building a winner alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
There are undoubtedly cheaper options out there and the team wouldn't be faulted for trying to cut costs, but maximizing the Stephen Curry era seems to be the top priority, spending be damned.