Jordan Poole is set for a huge payday either in the coming weeks or next summer.
How much Poole will earn from a potential contract extension with the Warriors is not yet clear, but another deal signed on Sunday could affect what the product gets out of Michigan.
Tyler Herro, the reigning sixth man of the year, signed a four-year $130 million contract extension with the Miami Heat on Sunday, raising the bar for a potential Poole contract. $120 million from Herro’s new deal is guaranteed.
Poole is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract and will earn approximately $3.9 million this season. There is an October 17 deadline – the day before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season – to work out an extension.
If the Warriors and Poole can’t agree on a new contract, he would become a restricted free agent next summer, giving Golden State the right to match any offer form he receives.
Before Herro’s contract, the bar for rookie deals was around $100 million over four years. The New York Knicks gave $104 million to Jalen Brunson and $107 million to RJ Barrett. The Portland Trail Blazers locked up Anfernee Simons on a $100 million four-year contract.
Poole may have fit in that tier, but now that Herro has been awarded $130 million, the fourth-year Warriors guard will likely try to get close.
While Herro took home the individual hardware last season, Poole played a bigger role for the Warriors as they await the return of Klay Thompson from two serious injuries.
Poole played in 76 games last season, 51 of which, and scored an average of 18.5 points in 30.0 minutes per game. He made huge strides in his development and became a deadly weapon for the Warriors.
Poole and Herro both shot 44 percent of the field last season, but Herro was a slightly better three-pointer (39.9 percent to 36.4 percent for Poole).
With their numbers eerily similar, Poole could argue that he should get close to — or more than — what Herro got from the Heat.
On Warriors Media Day last week, team president and general manager Bob Myers told reporters he planned to meet Poole’s representatives after the team returned from Japan to play two preseason games. That time is coming, and Herro’s extension is likely to change the conversation a bit.
Asked about the impending expansion during the media day, Poole thinks he will stay with the Warriors.
“Of course that’s something out there, but I’ll let my representatives handle that,” Poole said. “I’m confident we’ll sort something out. I’m just here to play basketball and I’m looking forward to being with the team again.”
For what it’s worth, Poole was overjoyed with Herro, a fellow Milwaukee resident. The Guardian of the Warriors posted on his Instagram story the area code of their hometown – 414.
When Poole signs and how much he will get remains to be seen.
As well as trying to re-sign Poole, the Warriors have imminent contract decisions with Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, although those are not to be settled until next summer.
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For now, though, the focus is on Poole and whether a deal will be struck before October 17.
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