The Golden State Warriors may have lost Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, but they have made sure to have a competitive team even with those absences. They just added D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets and have struck deals for Klay Thompson, and more recently, Draymond Green.
Draymond just agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with the Dubs, which will keep their original core of Green, Curry and Thompson together. If we add D’Angelo Russell’s contract to the mix, you find that the Warriors are going to pay big money to keep their four stars together.
Starting this season, the Warriors are going to pay $554 million to the four players, according to HoopsHype. Steph Curry’s deal comes through 2021/22, Klay Thompson and Green are locked up through 2023/24, and Russell through 2022/23.
Warriors now have their four main cogs locked up through…
-Steph Curry: Summer 2022
-D’Angelo Russell: Summer 2023
-Draymond Green: Summer 2024
-Klay Thompson: Summer 2024
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 3, 2019
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dubs will have $129 million and $138 million committed to their four stars in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, respectively, after Draymond’s new deal.
Green’s extension pays him $22.2M, $24M, $25.8M and $27.6M over the course of the deal. The Warriors will have $129M and $138M committed to their four max players — Curry, Thompson, Green and Russell — in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, respectively.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2019
Per Albert Nahmad, they will be $6 million over the tax line next season. In 20/21, $140 million will be guaranteed to 8 players with a projected tax line of $142 million. Ultimately, they will have the same $140 million guaranteed but to 5 players with a projected tax line of $151 million in 22/23. And all of that without Kevin Durant.
Warriors (despite losing Kevin Durant):
2019-20: $6M over tax line
2020-21: $140M guaranteed to 8 players (plus WCS PO, Evans/Spellman TOs). Projected tax line: $142M
2021-22: $140M guaranteed to 5 players (plus Looney PO, Pool/Evans/Spellman TOs). Projected tax line: $151M
— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) August 3, 2019
Stephen Curry signed the first-ever $200 million contract in the NBA back in 2017, and the rest of his deal will see him earn $40,2M, $43M and $45,7M, respectively. As for the rest, Klay Thompson will earn $190M, Draymond Green $118M and D’Angelo Russell $117M apiece with their new contracts.
It’s fair to say that Draymond would have been eligible to sign a five-year, $203.6M max deal with the Warriors if he became a free agent next year, or a four-year, $150.9M deal if he signed with any other team. That would have taken the Warriors to pay over $600 million to these players.
Dray would have been eligible for a five-year, $203.6M max deal if he became a FA next year. (Or a four-year, $150.9M deal if he signed elsewhere.)
He’s taking a BIG discount to stay.
— Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) August 3, 2019
It will be interesting to see how the Dubs are going to manage this whole situation. They will need to make some moves to ease their finances and get some salary cap in the future.
Golden State is trying to prove their doubters that they are still competitive and can reach important stages in the league. Having these four guys with them will surely help them to maintain a good level, but they need to see results fast since this is a huge and risky investment.