The Golden State Warriors have had quite the controversy surrounding them recently, with the video of Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole at a Warriors team practice hitting the internet. While the uproar surrounding the incident was widespread throughout the entire league, it seems Green and Poole have moved past their disagreement and are focused on leading the Warriors back to the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
The Warriors have rewarded Poole with a massive extension
Shortly after the news broke that Green had thrown punches at Poole, many speculated that it could be related to both players looking for extensions heading into the season. Warriors players and members of the organization have denied that theory, but either way, it's clear both Poole and Green were looking for new deals before the season.
It looks like Poole will be the one who gets his wish, as the Warriors reportedly inked Poole to a four-year, $140 million extension that will see him spend the foreseeable future with the Warriors. This deal is a huge win for Poole, who put together a breakout season at the perfect time last year and turned it into a long-term extension with Golden State.
The Warriors are smart to lock up Poole, but are they creating problems elsewhere on their roster?
There's no doubt that extending Poole was the right move for the Warriors. As their veteran core dealt with injuries last season, Poole stepped up and played a huge part in their success throughout the season. He quickly took on a big role in the offense and ended up being a very strong secondary scorer behind Stephen Curry. Golden State wouldn't have won the Finals last season without his contributions.
Even with all that being true, some problems will flare up due to this deal. There's a decent chance this deal ostracizes Green even more than he already has been, making it a lot more difficult for them to reach an extension with Green in the future. That's because the Warriors, who were already strapped for cash, have gone even further past the luxury tax threshold with this extension for Poole.
The Warriors haven't been shy in saying they will spend what they have to in order to field the best team in the NBA, but they are pushing the limits on how much they can spend to accomplish that right now. Combine that with all the tension surrounding the team right now, and it's fair to wonder whether this deal will look as good as it does now in a few years. The Warriors locked up a dynamic young talent in Poole, but how much it will cost them in the future, besides the $140 million, remains to be seen.