Kawakami: The Warriors’ new Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins deals and what they mean for Draymond Green
The math is pretty simple: Jordan Poole’s new four-year, $123 million deal with the Warriors is worth only $3 million more than Tyler Herro’s guarantee with the Miami Heat, but it’s enough of an escalation to notice.
The Herro-plus, basically. Herro recently and temporarily set the market at $30 million per year for young, very talented, playoff-proven lead guards who aren’t the best players on their teams but could be on their way there … and a few weeks later, Poole reset it by getting $30.75 million per. Both players have incentive clauses to weigh, but counting just the guaranteed portions, it’s Poole over Herro by $3 million in total. Not too complicated, right?
Actually, it’s very complicated when you plop the Poole deal into the greater Warriors cosmos — everything surrounding this contract is overflowing with heavy consequences for the Warriors, coming at this time in the dynasty, given the other meaty contractual decisions due soon and just 10 days after Poole was punched by Draymond Green.
Poole’s deal — first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday, with the terms first reported by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater — isn’t merely a large negotiating win for Poole and his agents.