Stop complaining about the Golden State Warriors’ spending

Nothing says “sore loser” or “talking head” like moaning about a team doing what the rules allow. If you don’t like what the Golden State Warriors are spending, fine — but don’t be mad if they win by investing in their own.

The Golden State Warriors are currently over $71 million over the salary cap and over $39 million over the luxury tax threshold. As a repeat taxpayer, her estimated luxury tax bill will be just over $170 million in the upcoming off-season, according to Spotrac. That’s nearly the same amount as the $175 million they’re paying their roster, meaning Golden State has around $346 million on the hook for this season’s team.

The Warriors are one win away from a championship, in part because of this willingness to spend money. But some are spreading bad moods about Golden State’s investment.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is the most recent examplebut ESPN’s Zach Lowe has also written about owners around the NBA who have been “grumbling.” about the spending advantage the Warriors have in a market where they have become the NBA’s most valuable franchises. The outside-in view seems to be that of a team ‘buying’ championships. Windhorst himself described the Golden State Game 5 win as a “check book win.”

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Golden State has built a team that is fighting for the title, and they’ve done exactly what teams should be trying to do to maintain that level of competitiveness.

The Warriors made difficult decisions

In Lowe’s ESPN article, he details the circumstances surrounding the 2019 NBA offseason and the decision Warriors general manager Bob Myers made to sell Andre Iguodala and his big contract to the Memphis Grizzlies — along with a 2024 first-round pick, Top -4 protected to make Memphis worth it. Steve Kerr is quoted as saying:

“That [Iguodala] Trading was a great example of why the coach shouldn’t be the CEO,” says Kerr. “If I was in charge I wouldn’t have made the deal and we wouldn’t be sitting here with Andrew Wiggins and [Jonathan] Kuminga.”

Of course, before Wiggins and Kuminga could become Warriors, Golden State had to make one or two more deals — first trading D’Angelo Russell in a double sign and trading with the Brooklyn Nets involving outgoing Kevin Durant, and then the step bringing in Wiggins — then considered a failed No. 1 overall pick by Impact standards — and the pick that eventually became Kuminga (and a second-round pick for Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to help the Warriors get under the helm come).

Jordan Poole was number 28 in that 2019 draft for the Warriors and, as Lowe points out, wasn’t part of the deals for Wiggins in 2020. He struggled back then to get playing time on a bad team – how things can change in just a few years.

The Warriors had to make some tough decisions early in their dynasty’s rise to break away from key players and they needed stars like Steph Curry to understand and not shake the boat when those moves took place. The additions and smart roster management choices push them more into the abyss of history than they can spend.

The same goes for what they do once they have them in the herd.

The warriors develop and pay for their own

Golden State has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its own players. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all former Warriors draft picks, but the commitment to their style of play and who they’ve consulted to help develop it is remarkable. Of the nearly $176 million the Warriors have on their hook this season, about $135 million is from players Golden State actually drafted or spent most of their careers with (201 by Damion Lee’s 2016 career games were). played with the Warriors).

That’s almost 77 percent of the team’s salaries that, in theory at least, should be endorsed by the NBA — for homegrown talent the Warriors’ front office sees as worthy of investment.

Andrew Wiggins is then pointing the finger at him as the reason Monday’s win reflects the Golden State’s spending power more than anything else. After all, he’s (along with Kuminga) the end result of what caused Golden State’s drastic cap hike in the summer of 2016 when they signed Kevin Durant.

Durant, of course, helped start the Warriors dynasty, but when KD decided he was gone, the double sign-and-trade with Russell led Golden State to Wiggins. He couldn’t have had a career night for the Warriors in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics if Durant hadn’t agreed to such a deal — one Brooklyn didn’t have to make but chose to do when they received a draft-pick compensation to return for your effort.

Revisiting the trade for Wiggins – Golden State received a first round selection that eventually became Jonathan Kuminga in 7th overall, IN ADDITION to Wiggins. Andrew Wiggins was not viewed as a superstar talent that helped extend the championship window. He was viewed as a bigger wing that could potentially defend and be either a good third or fourth option or another big contract that Myers and the Warriors could deliver along with a pick or two to get a “real” star.

Wiggins shone brightly on Monday night, helping the Warriors win a game in which Stephen Curry has not made a 3 in 233 games for the first time. 26 points, 13 rebounds, 43 minutes for a crucial Game 5 win in San Francisco…that’s a stat line that would be legendary for Kevin Durant at his peak with the Warriors.

But no, it was Wiggins — the player Minnesota didn’t want and was willing to part with a draft asset to bring in D’Angelo Russell — who made all the difference.

Russell is polarizing for the Timberwolves and is Rumored to be in the trade market. If not for Steph Curry’s brilliance, Wiggins is the Finals MVP if Golden State is able to win that series thanks to his ability to use his size to hit and defend Boston’s best offensive weapons.

It has to do with the Warriors culture of developing talent. Not only players who drafted them or signed them, but also those who come to them with baggage and become something more. Wiggins is the strongest example of this yet and the team’s willingness to remain steadfast in their own trading discussions and stay true to their understanding of what Wiggins could be in their system is now paying off.

Money well spent – ​​no matter what it costs.

Follow the example

Joe Lacob, the managing owner of the Golden State Warriors, is valued at approximately $1.2 billion. This puts him 24th among current NBA owners. His 25 percent stake in the Warriors while he runs his investment group is now worth about $1 billion, growing Lacob’s investment from about $115 million in 2010 nearly tenfold in 12 years.

Having generations of talent will help with that growth, but Lacob and the company have also always been willing to spend whatever it takes to keep a competitive product in the market if the team has been able to be competitive . And GM Bob Myers has done a masterful job of getting the Warriors under the luxury tax during their recent downturn due to injuries to Klay Thompson and defying it when the time came to embark on their dynastic destiny again.

Lacob is nowhere near the wealthiest controlling owner in the NBA. Instead of complaining about how he and Golden State did that job, owners should investigate how they got here and do their best to model their franchises in a similar way. Again, easier said than done – it starts with acquiring talent in the NBA draft, which can be a crap shoot if not fully bought into a scheme/system and player type to execute that system.

But the Warriors’ only “key player” who was a former No. 1 pick was Andrew Wiggins, who is considered Golden State’s third most important player at best. Up and down various blueprint boards, you’ll find out how the warriors sought out and developed talent, nurtured it, and then, when the time came, invested in it. That has led to a likely return to the top of the NBA mountain for a franchise that some thought would never return there.

There is Squads already positioned with elite talent and youthful energy to be the “next” Golden State. The Pelicans and Grizzlies owners are both wealthier than Lacob, and the Celtics owner owns a team that’s both historically significant in the NBA and currently among the best in the league as they attempt to steal Golden State from their Keep picture book ends away.

Whether it is one of these three or someone else, there is a chance that this type of success will be achieved. The focus then should not be on how much it should cost to get there.

It should depend on how much you are willing to invest in the process to not only get there, but to stay on top.

game 6 The 2022 NBA Finals will take place on Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Boston, Massachusetts. Stop complaining about the Golden State Warriors’ spending

John Verrall

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