The majority owner of the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, shared some intriguing insights regarding the team’s unexpected summer deal, which netted them future Hall-of-Famer Chris Paul and sent bench standout Jordan Poole out.
The Golden State Warriors came into the offseason with a roster that clearly needed to be changed after underperforming while attempting to defend their title in the 2022–2023 NBA season. The team, however, lacked the resources to sign many players to lucrative contracts in free agency and make a significant splash.
To address the chemistry problems on the roster, the front management, under by new general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr., had to think creatively. As a result, it wasn’t entirely unexpected when they parted ways with talented guard Jordan Poole. After all, he had regressed the previous year after receiving a practice punch from teammate Draymond.
Additionally, he had the greatest value to rival teams of all the players they could trade.
The interest in trading Chris Paul initially baffled the Golden State Warriors’ owner.
During an appearance on “The TK Show: A Show about Sports in the Bay Area” on Thursday, Lacob discussed it and revealed real problems between Green and Poole after their altercation left the guard feeling like “the odd man out.”
Regarding the dynamic between the two in the locker room, Lacob said, “I think it’s fair to say that there was some level of concern going forward, whether that was going to be something that would work out.” “To be really honest with you, I believe that it could have and would have worked out. However, I believe it is accurate to say that in order for the squad to succeed next year.
However, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors was uncertain about receiving the 38-year-old Paul in exchange when the team has numerous ball handlers.
It seemed incredibly unlikely that we would complete that transaction. However, the more we pondered the situation and weighed our possibilities, the more we realized what a fantastic player he is. He has always improved other people,’” Lacob reflects. He hasn’t yet won a championship, but perhaps he can with our team. If he could do it with us, that would be a truly epic way to end his career or the year. We began to like the concept.
Paul’s acquisition did lessen the team’s long-term salary cap burden.