The Golden State Warriors finished last season with the best possible way, winning the NBA championship for the fourth time in the last eight years. However, they knew they had worked to do once the championship parade was over.
Andrew Wiggins, who was a vital part of the championship run last season, is eligible for an extension this season, entering the last year of his current contract. Wiggins is set to make $33.6 million next season and he will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
He averaged 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 73 games in his second year in Bay Area. The talks with former No.1 are in a preliminary stage, so nothing is imminent regarding the high-flying forward.
“The way Andrew Wiggins played in the postseason, especially the NBA Finals, made keeping him a priority,” The Athletic Marcus Thompson II and Anthony Slater reports.
“There have been some preliminary discussions already, but nothing is imminent, per sources.” (h/t HoopsWire)
The Warriors have already one more extension to consider regarding Jordan Poole. The Dubs are way over the salary cap and they will have a hard time keeping them all if Wiggins and Poole demands a max deal.
It was made known franchise staple Draymond Green will demand a max extension when he becomes a free agent, while Klay Thompson will also be a free agent two seasons from now.
ESPN listed Golden State Warriors’ luxury tax bill for this past season at $170 million, up from $69 million in 2020-21. Projections show the team paying $181 million next season.