Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he isn’t yet concerned with the team’s potentially unprecedented payroll and luxury-tax bill for the 2023-24 season.
“I know what the numbers are. … I cannot evaluate what we are going to do next season until we see what happens this season,” Myers said Sunday, according to ESPN’s Kendra Andrews.
The Warriors agreed to extensions with guard Jordan Poole and forward Andrew Wiggins on Saturday. Poole will earn $31.2 million, while Wiggins will be paid $24.3 million in the 2023-24 season. The team’s 2023-24 payroll also includes $51.9 million for Stephen Curry, $43.2 million for Klay Thompson, and a $27.5-million player option for Draymond Green.
“We have to take it year-to-year. If you asked me a year ago if we were going to pay Poole and Wiggins this, I would not have believed you,” Myers added.
Golden State’s long-tenured general manager said in June that the potential luxury-tax bill wouldn’t deter the team from paying Poole, and he once again emphasized the financial commitment of the team’s ownership group.
“I just know this: There’s a huge commitment to winning. There always has been, and I believe there always will be,” he said.
Warriors CEO Joe Lacob said in July it’d be “really difficult” to keep the team’s core together long term.
Golden State paid an NBA-record $170.3-million tax bill last season. It has owned the league’s highest payroll in four of the past five seasons, according to Spotrac.