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“We have a chance to do something special” — Andrew Wiggins reveals his reason for taking less money to remain a Warrior

It's not often a player that got serious Finals MVP consideration leaves money on the table.
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins

News of Jordan Poole signing a massive contract extension with the Golden State Warriors recently made rounds. But the team made another roster move that received lesser fanfare, probably because of the circumstances surrounding the 23-year-old.

Golden State also inked starting small forward Andrew Wiggins to a long-term extension. What others might find surprising is that Wiggins will be paid significantly less than Poole.

No regrets

Wiggins addressed his decision to give a discount in a recent news conference.

"You never know what the future holds," said Wiggins smilingly. "I'm happy here. We have a chance to do something special. I believe in what we're doing here. I believe in the guys, the organization. I'm just glad we got a deal done. I'm happy about it. I have no regrets."

The All-Star's statement and unselfishness are surely encouraging news for Warriors fans. His decision to receive less money than expected could help the team continue building a championship-contending roster in the years to come.

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Of course, comparisons between Poole's and Wiggins' contracts will undoubtedly arise, given how far apart they are.

In Wiggins' defense

Poole's contract extension is worth $140 million and will span four years. As for Wiggins, his extension will run the same period but pay him only $109 million.

While Poole will be compensated more in the long run, it does not necessarily mean the franchise values him more highly than Wiggins. Both proved to be crucial to the Warriors' championship run last season.

Poole served as the team's offensive spark, particularly off the bench during the postseason. On the other hand, Wiggins was a two-way force who was tasked with covering some of the opponents' perimeter players.

There were even some calls for the former No. 1 pick to win the 2022 NBA Finals MVP over Stephen Curry because of his underrated performance in Golden State's championship round versus the Boston Celtics.

That's not to say that Curry wasn't deserving of the award. He certainly earned it after averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per contest. But without Wiggins showing up in the series, the Warriors might have gone home empty-handed.

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