Andrew Wiggins agrees to $109 million extension with Warriors … – NBC Sports

Jordan Poole got his bag from the Warriors, four years at $123 million (up to $140 million with incentives).
Next up was Andrew Wiggins — he has agreed to a four-year, $109 million extension.
Officially official 📝
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 15, 2022

This extension is actually a pay cut for Wiggins, but it’s also more in line with his market value. Wiggins will make $33.6 million this season on the final year of the max extension he signed back with the Timberwolves, but his salary will drop to $24.3 million next season. It’s $26.3 million the next year and goes up with raises from there.
Wiggins earned this last playoffs — he was the Warriors’ second-best player through much of the postseason and the Finals. Out from under the pressure of being the former No.1 pick expected to carry a team, Wiggins averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game plus played strong perimeter defense throughout the postseason.
Now things get interesting for Golden State.
Team co-owner Joe Lacob has intimated that around $400 million in salary and luxury tax is as high as the Warriors can go, even with the cash cow that is the new Chase Center filling the team/owner coffers. With this extension, the Warriors will blow way past that mark in the 2023-24 season (the one after the season that starts Tuesday).
Golden St. payroll and tax penalty in 2023/24 will likely exceed $500M once the roster is filled.
That factors in Draymond Green opting-in to his $27.6M player option.
With 12 players
💰Salary: $215M
💰Tax: $268M
💰💰Total: $483M
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 15, 2022

That $483 number from Marks includes Draymond Green picking up his 27.6 million player option for next season, but there would be more roster spots to fill that would bump the number up above half-a-billion. There’s a real question about whether Green will pick it up — and whether the Warriors really want him to.
Green was eligible for and wanted an extension from the Warriors but didn’t get it, and now everyone involved will have a decision to make.
If Green wants the money (or sees the money as a sign of respect), there are a lot of teams with cap space next summer. Maybe Green’s agent will find a deal that is a little bit of a one-year paycut but is more money guaranteed long-term (hypothetically, three years at $65 million). Green is an elite switchable defender who can guard 1-5, and on offense he is a gifted passer — Steve Kerr’s systems in Golden State have maximized those skills. But Green doesn’t fit as well on every team.
After Green threw a punch at Jordan Poole a lot of teams may back away from him in free agency, but it only takes one, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where some team doesn’t see Green as the missing piece to their contention for a title.
A lot will depend on how Green plays this season. Does his play once again lift the Warriors to (or very close to) an NBA title, reminding everyone the Warriors need him to win? Does his game slip a little while young stars like Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman step up, making the Warriors think they can move on and still contend? Do the Warriors evaluate this roster after the season and see other places they might make cuts?
The music will stop at some point and both Poole and now Wiggins have their chair. Draymond is still standing.
The first action of trade season goes down and thirsty Lakers fans get a little juice — Los Angeles trades for solid wing depth in a player it can re-sign this offseason. All it cost was a guy on the edge of the rotation and some second-round picks. On the other side, the Wizards… do something.
Let’s break down the winners and losers from the first trade of 2023. We’ll start by reminding everyone of the trade itself:
Lakers receive: Rui Hachimura
Wizards receive: Kendrick Nunn, the Bulls’ 2023 second-round pick, the lesser of the Lakers’ or Wizards’ 2028 second-round pick, and the 2029 Lakers’ second-round pick.
This is what Rob Pelinka and the Lakers front office wanted: A trade that shows they are working and making the team better — if even marginally — while not giving away the first-round pick assets they are saving for a potential home run swing this summer.
This trade does not bridge the chasm between the Lakers and contending, but that silver bullet trade is not out there to make. This is a solid, safe play, one the Laker front office can tout to fans and say, “look, we’re trying” (and say the same to any superstars potentially unhappy with the roster construction).
Plus, Hachimura is a good fit with the Lakers. This trade makes the Lakers better, starting with the fact he brings shooting to the table. Hachimura has improved as a catch-and-shoot 3-point guy in his NBA career, and when playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis he should get clean catch-and-shoot looks. (Of course, he will get most of his minutes off the bench next to Russell Westbrook — they were teammates in Washington and have a connection.)
Rui Hachimura has made 39.3% of his catch-and-shoot 3s since his 2nd year. By season:
2022-23: 36.6%
2021-22: 46.6%
2020-21: 34.1%
Streaky on a low volume of 2.6 per game (359 total shots), per @SecondSpectrum. But he’s solid and should get plenty of open looks with the Lakers.
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) January 23, 2023

Hachimura needs to stick to that 3-ball or getting to the rim — he takes a third of his shots from the midrange (between 10 feet and the arc) and while he has improved on them, those are still not good shots for him. He needs to get out and run with Westbrook, he’s a good fit with the Lakers on the break.
Hachimura is solid. Is he good? He shows flashes of it but is not consistently there yet. Do the Lakers want to pay him like he’s good? Not necessarily. A deal could get done early because Hachimura has an $18.8 million cap hold heading into free agency and whatever he signs for will be far less than that (likely more like the mid-level exception range of $10 million).
Hachimura wanted out of the nation’s capital.
“I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game,” Hachimura said, and when asked if that place is Washington, he responded,” I don’t know. We’ve got to find out.”
It’s not. Hachimura got what he wanted in that he’s out, and he’s on a team that’s going to give him plenty of minutes, a franchise with a much brighter spotlight, he gets to play next to LeBron James, and he’s with a team that wants to reach a new contract deal with him this offseason. That’s about as much as Hachimura could have asked for.
Loser is relative here, this is like a C- grade for the Wizards.
It’s not a win, however. They used a high draft pick (No. 9) to select Hachimura, spent years developing him, and had hoped to get a first-round pick in return for him. They instead got three seconds, which maybe they turn into a good player but it’s not a home run. Same with Nunn, who if he can return to his Miami form could be a helpful player but he hasn’t looked anything like that guy consistently in Los Angeles.
This also doesn’t answer the question, what is the long-term strategy in Washington? That remains murky.
Kuzma is getting paid this summer.
He is having a breakout season – 21.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game — as he heads into free agency.
The Wizards have been shooting down teams calling about a Kuzma trade, according to Jake Fischer at Yahoo Sports, and the Hachimura trade signals they are serious about re-signing him this offseason. This frees up a little more cap room to spend on Kuzma come July (he’s not going to sign an extension with the team, the max they can offer is four years, $69.9 million, he will get an offer north of $100 million as a free agent).
Does Kuzma want to stay in Washington? While he has responded to trade rumors saying all the right things about loving his time with the Wizards and his teammates, the rumors continue to swirl around the league that he is eyeing bigger markets and brighter lights. The Wizards may need to overpay to keep him.
Washington has to pay Kuzma plus Deni Avdija will be extension-eligible this summer. The Wizards are going to have to open up the checkbook.
On the sidelines at Arena Friday night, Shannon Sharpe was not about to back down, barking at Dillon Brooks, Ja Morant and Morant’s dad Tee.
Monday, back on his Fox Sports show the “Undisputed” (with Skip Bayless), Sharpe was the adult in the room who took the high road.
“I take full accountability for what transpired. I was wrong.”@ShannonSharpe apologizes & addresses his altercation at the Lakers-Grizzlies game:
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 23, 2023

“I’ve preached for the last six and a half years responsibility and accountability, and I take full responsibility for what transpired. I’m never gonna say that wasn’t Shannon Sharpe because that was me. That was just me getting out of character. And I’m sorry for all those that saw my actions and took offense to my actions…
“It does not matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it. Me being the responsible person, having the platform that I have, and having so many people look up to me, I was wrong. I should have lowered the temperature in the arena. Instead, I turned the temperature up, and I let it get out of hand.”
Sharpe and Brooks had been exchanging words through much of the first half — about Brooks guarding LeBron James — but things boiled over just after the halftime buzzer. That’s when both Morants got involved and security had to separate everyone.
Shannon Sharpe and Tee Morant (Ja’s father) had to be separated by security and refs just after half. Both were escorted off the floor in different directions.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) January 21, 2023

ESPN video of Shannon and the Grizz + Tee Morant
— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) January 21, 2023

Both men were escorted away from the court by NBA and arena security, although Sharpe returned to his seat for the second half. He started talking to Brooks again just before play started but referee Zach Zarba came over and ended it. Brooks was asked postgame if Sharpe should have been let back in his seat.
“A regular pedestrian like him? No, he shouldn’t have never came back in the game,” Brooks said. “But it’s L.A.”
LeBron James had Sharpe’s back.
“I ride with Shannon 365 days — 366 on a leap year — 24/7. So that’s my guy,” LeBron said postgame. “I always got his back. And he’s got mine. He can talk with the best of them, for sure.”
Tee Morant and Sharpe made up.
Shannon Sharpe and Tee Morant are all good. They made up after the third quarter.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) January 21, 2023

Patrick Beverley was being Patrick Beverley.
The Trail Blazers were in control Sunday night against the Lakers — Portland won the second quarter 45-13 and led by 25 at the half — then the wheels came off. Or, the Lakers showed a lot of grit (or a little of both if you are being accurate). During that comeback, Beverley was trolling Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
Pat Bev trolling “Dame Time” 😅
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 23, 2023

Beverley was trying to get under Lillard’s skin long before the fourth quarter, he walked into the lane while Lillard was prepping to shoot a free throw in the first half.
Dame and Pat Bev chirping 👀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 23, 2023

Beverley helped key the Lakers’ comeback before the second half even started. After Lakers’ coach Darvin Ham reportedly threw up his hands and told his players, “Y’all figure this s*** out,” Beverley stepped up and, in his words, “Told the guys, ‘Just turn our swag up.’”
After the game, Beverley wanted his props for being a part of an effort that held Lillard to 5-of-17 shooting on the night (he still had 24 points), saying: “If he would have cooked me you would have said ‘I couldn’t guard him.’ But he misses a couple shots and it’s a ‘slow shooting night.’ ‘Good job on Dame’ sounds better.”
Lillard was having none of that.
Con man. Flip from above the rim
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2023

You know Beverley was not going to let that go.
He mad. Entertaining
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) January 23, 2023

It should be noted Lillard was calling out Beverley’s actions this offseason, talking to the media about Chris Paul and others.
Since Beverley buried the hatchet with Russell Westbrook — them being teammates and all — he apparently had to start a new beef with another future Hall of Famer.
It’s just Patrick Beverley being Patrick Beverley.
It’s official: The trade first reported this morning has been agreed to and the trade call with the league is complete. The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Rui Hachimura in a trade with the Washington Wizards for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks, the teams confirmed.
“We are excited to welcome Rui and his family to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “Adding both size and depth to the wing position has been a goal, and the chance to accomplish that by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and upside was an opportunity that doesn’t present itself often. We want to thank Kendrick Nunn and his family for his time as a Laker, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
“I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game.”
The Lakers like Rui Hachimura’s game.
Hachimura said the above quote when asked about trade talks swirling around him, and now it looks like the Lakers are about to deal for him. Multiple reports have the Lakers near a trade to acquire the 6’8″ wing from the Wizards for Kendrick Nunn and multiple second-round picks. Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN were first.
The Lakers are in the final stages of completing a deal to acquire Hachimura for a package that includes three second-round picks, sources tell ESPN. No deal has been finalized, but talks are in the final stages, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 23, 2023

The trade is expected to be finalized Monday afternoon (the sides reportedly agreed on the Wizards getting the Bulls’ 2023 pick that the Lakers controlled, the 2029 Lakers second-rounder, and the less favorable of the Lakers/Wizards 2028 second-rounders).
This is the kind of move around the margins that the Lakers have been looking at — they didn’t surrender any key players or picks, and they get a solid player who fills a position of need but doesn’t mess with their salary cap space next summer (although they will have to re-sign him if they want to keep him).
Hachimura has been a solid reserve in Washington, averaging 12.4 points per game (although shooting just 32.4% from 3 he is much better on catch-and-shoot 3s, shooting better than 40% over the past two seasons), and he is a plus defender. He is a restricted free agent this summer, but with the trade the Lakers have his Bird rights, so they can make whatever splashy moves they can with a potential $30 million in cap space and then re-sign Hachimura to go over the cap.
This isn’t a move that vaults the Lakers up the standings, but it should improve them. Hachimura provides some frontcourt depth behind LeBron James and next to Anthony Davis (who is nearing a return later this week), Thomas Bryant and Wenyen Gabriel.


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