Warriors Want Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole to Sign New Contracts, Bob Myers SaysJune 22, 2022
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made it clear that the team wants to sign Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole to new contracts.
ESPN's Kendra Andrews relayed Myers' thoughts Wednesday:
The 27-year-old Wiggins made his first All-Star Game en route to helping guide the Warriors to the NBA championship. He averaged 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and has one year worth $33.6 million left on his contract.
The 23-year-old Poole broke out in his third NBA season, averaging 18.5 points per game. The Warriors have already exercised their $3.9 million team option for 2022-23, and he's slated to become a restricted free agent after next year.
Both players were instrumental in the Warriors winning their fourth title in eight seasons.
Wiggins was particularly sensational in the NBA Finals, including the last three wins.
In Game 4, he dropped 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. In Game 5, he paced the Dubs with 26 points and 13 boards. In Game 6, the forward amassed seven combined steals and blocks.
Wiggins also played great defense on Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum.
Poole finished third on the team in scoring for the regular season and helped stem the tide until Klay Thompson returned in January after missing two-plus seasons because of ACL and Achilles injuries.
Poole was excellent early in the playoffs, with his near triple-double (31 points, nine assists, eight rebounds) propelling the Warriors to a one-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the second round.
Poole also averaged 28.7 points over the first three games of the first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
His playing time decreased in the NBA Finals, but he averaged 13.2 points in just 20.8 minutes per game.
Naturally, the Warriors want both players back.
Their leaders and four-time champions—Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green—are all in their 30s. They have a lot left in the tank, but they'll need someone to pass the torch to someday.
Wiggins and Poole lead that group alongside first- and second-year players such as Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman and Moses Moody.
We'll see if the Warriors can strike deals with Wiggins and Poole before they hit free agency. For now, they are basking in the glow of their fourth title since 2015 and seventh overall.