Joe Lacob says : Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins exchange made in view of Steph Curry

There was a wide scope of responses to the Warriors’ exchange with the Minnesota Timberwolves that brought Andrew Wiggins to Golden State, a significant number of which demanded the Dubs had made a grievous mistake and set the establishment back in making the transition to gain the frequently censured little forward.

Warriors proprietor Joe Lacob couldn’t differ more.

“Anybody who can’t see that this is a great deal for us, I don’t know what they’re thinking,” Lacob told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “You can sit and talk about what his salary is, but [Wiggins] had the same salary as [Russell]. They’re both good players. They’re different players. You can question whether this is a better fit; we think it is, as much as I liked D-Lo. He’s a really good player. And I think it’s good for him, too. So it’s a fair, good thing for both teams.”

Such a large number of the negative responses to the exchange concerned Wiggins’ agreement, which has another three seasons and about $95 million staying on it. Lacob demanded, nonetheless, that Golden State is concentrating on how Wiggins fits in with the effectively settled center, instead of how he impacts the group’s compensation.

“I don’t really think about that number,” Lacob said. “That’s really not the point. The point is that we have a small forward that we absolutely can depend on and fits really well with Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], Draymond [Green] and our team. That’s what really matters.”

Notwithstanding managing any semblance of Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in two separate exchanges with the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers, the Warriors additionally included Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman alongside Russell in the exchange for Wiggins all in an effective endeavor to dodge underneath the extravagance charge line.

All things considered, Golden State won’t be dependent upon the repeater charge punishment this coming offseason, which will permit the Warriors to get a lot more significant compensations than they would have had the option to in any case as they endeavor to return to title contender status. Lacob not just recommended that Golden State will exploit those non-repeater benefits, yet in addition offered some extra inspiration concerning why.

“Our payroll right now, right now, is well over $200 [million] for next year [including luxury-tax penalties],” Lacob explained. “People don’t do the math to understand it. We know what it’s going to be. It’s going to be the highest payroll we’ve ever had next year. We know that. The question is how high. If there’s a trade-exception [deal] that we really want, that’s worth it, let’s consider it. Mid-level exception? Very likely to use.”

“The first pick in the draft, if we were to get that? With luxury tax, [that contract would be] huge. Really, the emphasis is on next year. The next two years, our window — Steph’s last two years under contract, before we hopefully bring him back again — we need to field the best possible team we can. That was the emphasis.”

The Warriors realize what they have in Curry, Thompson and Green, and clearly they’re trusting Wiggins can turn out to be a piece of a fearsome foursome. Include an immense exchange exemption, the full utilization of the mid-level special case and what ought to be a main three draft pick, and Golden State could turn this thing around in a rush.

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