Serious questions surround the fate of some of the key members of the Golden State Warriors as the franchise heads into an uncertain 2023 offseason following the team’s second-round playoff exit at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. The future of as many as four players, a coach and an executive is uncertain. Some of these are already known, while others are new.
Some combination of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole could come out next season, depending on what the Warriors want to do.
Green has a player option for the fourth year of his contract and is reportedly asking for a max extension. The Warriors reportedly plan to discuss a multi-year contract with Green but he has suitors from “multiple playoff-contending teams,” according to Anthony Slater and Sham Charania of The Athletic.
“I want to be a Warrior for the rest of my life,” Green said after Game 6. “I want to ride with the same guys that I ride with.”
Thompson is also eligible for an extension but is reportedly expected to be asked to shed salary in any new deal. It is reported that Kuminga will be transferred if the Warriors do not find room in their rotation. And Poole is also reportedly a cost-cutting candidate because his four-year, $140 million extension doesn’t begin until next season.
Head coach Steve Kerr is in the final year of his contract, but is likely to be retained once a new deal is finalized.
None of these issues will be resolved, however, until the Warriors find out who will manage the team. The contract of Bob Myers, the team’s president of basketball operations, expires on June 30 and another report from The Athletic in January speculated that Golden State could move on from Myers as the team moves into a post-Green/ Thompson/Steph Curry franchise phase.
While Warriors owner Joe Lacob has publicly expressed his desire to retain Myers, the price of one of the NBA’s top executives may be too high for Lacob. There has been speculation that Myers may also leave the league and focus on other ventures.
The Warriors are expected to promote from within if Myers leaves, according to The Athletic. The vice president of basketball operations and former player of the Warriors, Mike Dunleavy Jr. Shaun Livingston, another ex-Warriors player who won three titles with the trio of Curry, Green and Thompson, is another possible candidate, according to The Athletic.
Green’s future may be directly tied to Myers’ status with the team. He told Sportsnaut’s Mark Medina, who previously covered the Warriors for the Bay Area News Group that Myers “means the world” to him.
“Working with him is an absolute honor. He’s great,” Green said. “He knows the business and I learned from him. To say that it doesn’t matter, it’s a lie. Of course, it’s important. But there are many things to consider. Yes, that’s one of the important things. All right? But in the end, I can’t trust my whole decision about that. But [expletive] right it’s important. “
The Warriors have time to make these important decisions, though. The 2023 draft is more than a month away and Green can pick up or decline his player option on June 29 — one day before Myers’ contract officially expires. Whatever the Warriors do could change the trajectory of their franchise, perhaps marking the end of a dynasty that included four NBA championships in nine seasons.