Very useful this season and still valuable in this Playoffs campaign, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II are preparing to test the market. The two role players are likely to be courted by other franchises this summer, however they would be well on their way to taking a little extra on the beaches of San Francisco. Good news for the Warriors!
Golden State’s finances look rather tight for this Free Agency 2022 and in particular for the extensions of their many free agents. The champion’s cap is hardly removed that it is already necessary to go to test the matched for nine of these boys. In this list, there are not very sexy names like Chris Chiozza or Quinndary Weatherspoon but also bigger names, those of their real role players during this season and postseason 2021-22 like Gary Payton II and Kevon Looney. On paper, it smells a bit like powder for an extension of the two fellows. Normal, the champion’s ring logically increases the player’s price and even that ultimate title experience is going to be sought after by franchises that want to do the same. Having a guide who knows the way to the Larry O’Brien trophy is impressive on paper, but for that you’ll have to take out the checkbook. According Bleacher Report, the Warriors would also be ready to pay the price it takes to retain their two warriors, even if it means having to make sacrifices on the contracts of their other free agents. The declarations of the executives express this will, as GM Bob Myers said very well a few days ago.
Bob Myers on Kevon Looney and Warriors’ crop of free agents:
“We’re gonna try our best to bring him back and all those guys back.”
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 24, 2022
“We’re going to do our best to get him and all these guys back.” – Bob Myers
As a reminder, the son of The Glove fought until the start of the season to grab the last place on the Warriors roster against Avery Bradley. After this first victory, Gi Pi Two did not rest on its laurels and continued to burn. The shonen continues to write for the former Oregon State, went from G League lieutenant to essential role player in an NBA champion team. With 7.1 points on average at 61.6% in shooting over 71 games including 16 starts and very good performances full of efficiency in the Playoffs, we feel the increase coming full force. No need to dream, extending it to the same amount of $2 million would almost be theft. The Mavericks would be in the starting blocks to try to recover The Mitten but beware of Golden State who already has the checkbook in hand, ready to blow up the long-term contract around 10 mimi annually. According to Anthony Slater of The Athleticthe Dubs are even the favorites in the GP II folder. For Kevon Looney, it’s the same: very good season and, above all, he has already been part of the Warriors family for seven years now. The other franchises know that it will be difficult to dislodge the pivot with the teeth of happiness, which turned to 6 pawns and 7.3 rebounds on average over the regular season. Hornets and Kings are said to be in the game but seem increasingly pessimistic about dislodging Golden State’s No. 5. There is no doubt that an extension of the triple champion will only please Steve Kerr. These two files closed, the Dubs will then be able to take care of the other players in the workforce such as Otto Porter Jr. or Nemanja Bjelica. The trend is stable in California.
Gary Payton II by Kevon Looney
money could well continue the adventure in Golden State and the Warriors seem ready to pay the price to preserve their precious soldiers. A good investment which may, despite everything, cost a spot to other boys. The places of Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee would be the most vulnerable for the moment.
🚨 An upcoming Caruso contract for Gary Payton II at the Warriors?
Nearly 40 million over 4 years, equivalent to the taxpayer mid-level exception. The player also wants to stay at Golden State and has proven himself.
There will be a lot of people on GPII this week. pic.twitter.com/WzCQLH6br2
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Gary Payton II and Kevon Looney on track to stay with the Warriors?