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Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is confident the franchise will be able to afford a roster and luxury tax bill that hits $300 million in the 2019-20 season.
The Warriors will open their new arena in San Francisco that season, which will surely bring in more revenue to the organization.
“I feel like we’ll do whatever we can to keep winning,” Myers told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “And I think the players will do whatever they can to keep winning — not knowing what that will exactly look like. I guess it helps going into a new arena — the revenues. We’re lucky we’re supported by the fan base we are. Working with [owner] Joe Lacob, all the people I work with and work for, they all want to win.”
Kevin Durant re-signed with the Warriors this summer on a one-plus-one deal, meaning he can become a free agent again next offseason. Klay Thompson will be a free agent in 2019 as well, while Draymond Green will enter the open market in 2020.
“Our players — Draymond has won at every level,” Myers said. “Klay just wants to win. Steph [Curry] goes out and recruits a guy like Kevin. Kevin comes here under a lot of scrutiny and faces it and overcomes it. So I think with all that combined, I’m confident we can work it out. I can’t sit here today and mathematically show you; but based on all the things I’ve seen, we’ll find a way.”
Curry signed a supermax extension with the Warriors in 2017 and is under contract until 2022. Myers hints it is not inconceivable that Thompson and Green could take less money as Durant has in the past.
“Look, we know the numbers,” Myers said. “I don’t think we’re running from those things. We’ve got a group of players and an ownership group that wants to keep it together. That’s very competitive. Both sides. You’ve heard Klay’s comments (saying he might take less than his max to stay with the Warriors). You’ve been around Draymond. He wants to keep winning.
“We’ll keep talking about it (with Thompson). We talked about that last year (during preseason) in China, we’ll continue to talk about it. For those guys, it’s their choice. We’ll try to pay them what’s fair. And it takes two. I know and understand, they’ve gotta like the deal, too.
“I’ll tell you this, Klay’s not driven monetarily. I think he wants to be paid fairly. I think Draymond’s the same way. And obviously Kevin, he’s shown it, that he doesn’t have to have every last penny. … I feel like if we can create a place that gives them a chance to win a championship, get paid well, enjoy going to work every day — and people think an NBA player loves going to work every day. That’s not true; maybe it should be, but it isn’t. If we can create a place where players enjoy it, the hope is they want to continue to do that.”
The Warriors have won back-to-back championships and three of the last four Finals.