It’s hard to deny just how great the Golden State Warriors have become over the past few years.
The franchise has slowly built up 3/4’s of their core through great draft decisions, which put them in a great position salary cap-wise, which then allowed them to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency, forming one of the greatest foursome’s we’ve seen in NBA history.
But having four All-NBA talents on your roster will eventually cost you, and the Warriors are soon going to feel that pain in the coming seasons.
According to RealGM, Golden State are projected to spend $1.1 billion in salary and taxes between 2017 and 2021. That is insane.
“Finances are the only thing that will break up this Warriors team,” said one league executive.
According to the report, the Warriors will break records with how much money they’re going to spend to keep their championship core together.
“Golden State is expected to have a record-high $225 million in tax penalties and $178 million in team salary in 19-20.”
Golden State have so far reaped the benefits of having their talent remain on their extended rookie contracts thus far, but those contracts will eventually run out, and both Green and Thompson will be demanding a ton of cash, maybe not on the level of Durant or Curry, but they’ll still expect to be paid.
“Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could potentially become eligible for Designated Veteran Player Extensions, but they only have one slot remaining as Curry already signed one.”
“Thompson can become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 while Green’s contract is up in 2020.”
Even Durant‘s contract details will have to be reneged after this season.
“While Stephen Curry is signed for four more seasons, Kevin Durant can become a free agent again this offseason. Durant could sign a four-year, $158 million deal in 2018 or wait for 2019 when he would be eligible for a five-year, $219 million contract when the Warriors attain full Bird rights on him.”
With that much money tied up in four players, will it be hard to create an up-to-scratch bench unit for the Warriors? Probably not, as every veteran in the league will be begging to play on the best team in the league, even if it means missing out on a couple of million dollars.
If Golden State do manage to re-sign their entire core, no matter the cost, it’d be a safe bet to assume the Warriors will be winning a few more titles in the near future.