Jordan Poole’s presence on the Warriors’ roster for the upcoming season is not guaranteed, but sources tell Anthony Slater of The Athletic that neither the front office nor ownership are aggressively trying to trade for him. According to Slater, Poole’s camp has not been informed that he would be traded this summer.
The club doesn’t mind bringing back the team’s nucleus for another season, but Golden State officials would likely consider trade proposals for Poole, according to Slater. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement’s severe sanctions for high-spending teams won’t go into effect until the 2024–25 season, by which time Klay Thompson’s $43MM salary will be off the books.
Next season, Poole’s four-year, $123MM agreement will begin. It will increase his pay from $3.9MM to $27.4MM and present another financial difficulty for a team that is already well into luxury tax zone. If Draymond Green is re-signed, the organization’s total tax and salary expense might exceed $400MM. Nevertheless, Slater’s sources claim that the Warriors are not considering salary dump deals this summer and that any changes will be made with the intention of improving the team’s competitiveness.
After helping Golden State win the NBA championship in 2022, Poole had a poor year that had some onlookers wonder if he would be able to live up to his big deal. Although he shot just 43% from the field and 33.6% from three-point range, he still averaged a career-high 20.4 PPG. In both the regular season and the playoffs, his playing time fluctuated, and he was notably poor in the Lakers’ second-round loss.
In spite of this, Poole has strong backers in Kirk Lacob and Mike Dunleavy Jr., who are now in charge of the team before general manager Bob Myers’ impending departure. Poole’s extension had significant backing from both Lacob and Dunlevy, claims Slater, who also adds that while working as a scout.
Lacob and Dunleavy are anticipated to eventually have their responsibilities upgraded and will continue managing the team, according to Slater, although the Warriors haven’t officially identified a replacement for Myers as of yet.