The Golden State Warriors will have to be financially creative if they want to retain their veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston after the season.
Iguodala and Livingston are earning $11.3 million and $5.7 million, respectively this year. But they have expiring contracts that will put the Warriors in a bind when they try to retain their championship core for next season.
Golden State will prioritize finalizing the contracts of their superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, both of whom will become free agents next year, per Yahoo Sports.
Durant and Curry will demand max contracts with the pair potentially earning $36M each starting next season.
Warriors want Durant to pick up option
The Warriors can get lucky if they can convince Durant not to opt out of his current deal worth $27.7M. But that’s unlikely for Durant, who is eligible to be one of the highest paid players after the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Should the Warriors extend both Durant and Curry to their max deals, they might have no choice but to let go of Iguodala and Livingston.
The good news for the Warriors is that they still have All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson locked for the next few seasons. Green is under contract until the 2019-2020 season while Thompson’s deal is until the 2018-2019 season.
The Yahoo report states that the Warriors can still retain both Iguodala and Livingston. Both were crucial pieces to the Warriors’ NBA Finals run the last two seasons. They figure to be key players again in their campaign this season.
Golden State can retain one or both if they settle for “significant” pay cuts. It’s not clear if other teams will pirate them and give them huge contracts. Livingston is 31 years old and Iguodala is 32.
The Warriors are likely to remain a “Super Team” with their “Big 4” possibly staying with the team for the next three to four years. But can they build a dynasty without their reliable veteran players?
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