In a move that came just before the deadline to finalize NBA rosters ahead of the new season, the Golden State Warriors announced over the weekend that they had signed Jordan Poole to a four-year, $140 million extension. The 23-year-old secured a bag after cementing himself as a key piece of a group that won a championship last season.
While questions over what this means for Draymond Green’s future with the franchise will continue to swirl, Poole himself addressed the issue between the two head-on, handling it in a mature and dignified way. That ugly training camp bust-up is in the past, with a bright future for Poole and the Warriors together now secured.
Signing Poole to long-term was a no-brainer for the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors didn’t stop there though, handing out megabucks to Andrew Wiggins in the form of his own four-year, $109 million deal. Clearly, the franchise sees the end of the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson/Green era somewhere on the horizon, but the ability to marry present and future has been handled excellently in the Bay Area to this point.
The Warriors enter this season as defending champions, and with a settled roster and long-term head coach in Steve Kerr who will give this title defense a real go. Let’s focus solely on Poole for now though, and look at the three reasons why this was the correct move for the Warriors both in the here and now, and in the future.