SAN FRANCISCO – Amidst the champagne baths that flooded the Golden State locker room at TD Garden, Jordan Paul And the Andrew Wiggins Hop on Instagram Live to share the celebration with their followers.
On the live broadcast, Paul looked at Wiggins and stated, “You’re going to get a bag.”
An uncontrollable smile flashed across Wiggins’ face before replying, “No, we’ll get a bag.” Paul repeated the same words again to the camera.
Wiggins, who is in the final year of his $147 million rookie extension from 2017 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Paul, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, are both ready to extend the contract before they become free agents outside next season. They have until October 17 to negotiate a new contract with the Warriors.
“I’d like to stay here,” Wiggins said on Saturday afternoon in the Warriors’ exit interviews. “Being here, this is top notch. The way they treat the players… We’re all one big family. I feel like there are a lot of places I’d say, but they show it through their actions.”
Wiggins arrived in the Golden State in a business that grew out of it Kevin DurantDeparture in 2019. Initially, there were questions about the effectiveness of this trade.
Wiggins was leaving Timberwolves with a reputation for being lazy. Not many believed that he was a hardworking worker or that he would be able to make a real impact on the warriors – especially the one who would help them win the title.
But by the end of the year, the message from within the Warriors was that they would not have won without Wiggins. He became the first player to receive the All-Star nod for the first time and win his first title with the team he did not debut with.
“There was a lot of talk, people had something to say about every little thing, but now I’m glad I did it here,” Wiggins said. “People didn’t think I could be in this position or even be useful in the championship team. But I’ve proven the skeptics wrong and will continue to do so.”
Like Wiggins, there were many uncertainties surrounding Paul’s future. After his rookie year in 2020, there have been questions about whether he will have a future in the league. But this season, he has not only filled in the starting point as Kay Thompson has been working his way back, but has also started instead of Stephen Curry During the last month of the regular season – and the first few games of the playoffs – before he created his own role as the sixth man.
“It is definitely worth it [a new contract]“Jordan is someone who works hard and makes his teammates better, and he can get out on the field and dominate,” Wiggins said.
Poole wasn’t as final as Wiggins when asked if he’d like to return to the Golden State, but it wasn’t as if he was eager to go elsewhere.
“If I’m going to be completely honest, I won’t even be able to understand anything about this process yet,” Ball said. “I’ve been so closed to the championship. Like, we know it’s going to happen that we put ourselves in situations to be successful and everything else will take care of itself.”
While Wiggins and Paul signing a contract extension would be a move to prevent them from becoming free agents next summer, the Warriors have a number of free agents this off season.
Gary Payton IIAnd the Andre IguodalaAnd the kevon looneyAnd the Otto Porter Jr.. , Nemanja BielicaAnd the Damion Lee And the Chris Chiusa They will all be unrestricted free agents. Just Juan Toscano Anderson And the Quinndary Witherspoon Free agents will be restricted.
Of the many incoming free agents made available for exit interviews, all expressed a desire to remain in Golden State.
Payton, who became a regular for the Warriors after finishing 15th on the list early in the season, said he would “absolutely” want to stay with the Warriors.
Payton, who has spent most of his career in the G League and has been fired from five different teams, said he expects this summer to be the first time he has chosen where he will end up.
After a looney breakout season that saw him play in both regular season and playoffs, he said he “definitely” wanted to return to the team that drafted him.
“I always want to come back here,” Lonnie said. “I want to go back and try to defend what we just won and be part of something special again.”
Porter signed a one-year deal with the Warriors to bring a veteran presence to the team. When he joined last summer, Porter saw winning the title as a possible outcome, and now that that has happened, he has also expressed a desire to come back for more.
“I’m doing now that this team can compete again for another championship and it would be a great opportunity if I stayed here,” Porter said. “It would be great to be here with that group of guys again and do it all over again.”
Whether or not the Warriors can keep all of these players is yet to be seen. They are already the most spent on them in the league.
But, there is a mutual desire between the front office and the players to have the same roster from this championship year to next season.
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