While many try to make sense of the move, it really comes down to the business side of things. The basketball, on-court fit doesn’t matter as much because, contractually, it works out perfectly for Golden State.
Paul, entering his 19th NBA season, will be due $30.8 million in 2023-24, $15.8 million of which currently is guaranteed, per Spotrac. If no new contract is negotiated before June 28, the $30.8 million will become fully guaranteed. None of his salary for the 2024-25 season is guaranteed, and he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2025 at the age of 40.
Meanwhile, Poole signed a four-year contract extension worth $128 million before the 2022-23 season. His current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2026-27 NBA season.
The trade was less about Golden State parting ways with Poole and more about the team cutting ties with his hefty contract, which is vital for a team with challenging decisions on the horizon regarding the futures of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
Swapping Poole’s guaranteed money for a short-term commitment allows Golden State more leeway as Thompson and Green look to negotiate new contracts.
Of course, the risk for the Warriors is losing out on the potential of a young, rising star like Poole. But that’s a chance the Warriors were willing to take as they look to contend for a title now.
Source: Yahoo Sports