Joe Lacob: Warriors ‘in trouble’ with rest of NBA for spending
The Warriors set payroll records last season – $176 million in salary, $170 million in luxury tax and $346 million in total payroll. Golden State’s costs project to be even higher next season.
But in 2023-24, the Warriors’ payroll could really skyrocket.
Jordan Poole will get a massive raise from his rookie-scale contract. An All-Star and valuable NBA Finals contributor, Andrew Wiggins could seek a raise from his rookie-scale max extension. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and James Wiseman have substantial raises built into their existing contracts.
Golden State owner Joe Lacob on the “TK Show":
That sounds like potential collusion.
Maybe Lacob was speaking somewhat in jest about how other teams complain when talking about being “in trouble” with the the rest of the league (though even that could veer toward collusion). Perhaps, the “limits” Lacob spoke of are only internal – not from the NBA. (Update: A Warriors spokesman said Lacob was referring to the team’s own budget.)
But the National Basketball Players Association could file a grievance. Gary Payton II and Otto Porter – who got lower offers to re-sign with Golden State than from other teams in free agency this year – could file grievances.
I doubt anything major comes from these comments. But the players’ union should at least state misgivings and look into whether there are actionable practices behind Lacob’s remarks.