June 25, 2022

The Warriors are once again at the top of the NBA.

This status, once unimaginable for this organization, has become so commonplace that forward Draymond Green called the NBA Finals the “Warriors Invitational” Thursday night after Golden State’s fourth title – and sixth league appearance – in eight years. .

Because the Warriors championship this year was unplanned, full reasons will be given by next June as to why the Dubs will be one-term title winners.

But there’s no reason to believe the Dubs won’t be able to win again next year.

“I feel like next year we’ll be even better,” Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins said Saturday.

He’s probably right.

Let’s start with the astonishing but verifiable fact that when Green, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry start every game in a playoff series, the Warriors have never lost.

No, not a single series.

It’s a run that dates back to the 2015 playoffs. And until that streak ends, it would be unwise to pick against the Warriors.

With this team’s veteran core, an impressive young core, and Wiggins emerging as one of the best wings in the NBA, the Warriors are built for success, not just for next year, but for many years to come.

Yet, while the Warriors are built for long-lasting success, building in the bay is expensive and prices keep rising.

How the Warriors handle this upcoming offseason will go a long way in determining whether they can come back to back or get back in the pack.

The main obstacle to the Warriors repeating themselves as champions next year is the green. No, not the player – I mean cash and sound.

The Warriors have seemingly endless funds, but we may be nearing the point where we find the limit. They’re likely to set an NBA record for payroll next season — up from $350 million this season — and that will be the case even if they don’t bring everyone back from that championship team.

To date, Golden State is well over the NBA’s luxury tax threshold with only the contracts they already have on the books for next season. They’re so wrapped up in the tax that they’ll probably have to pay $6 on top of every dollar spent in the offseason.

So buy all the headline hats, t-shirts and trinkets you can find, Warriors fans. Warriors CEO Joe Lacob will leverage that extra revenue to keep this team together.

Curry, Green and Thompson are locked up for a few more years – there’s no need to worry there.

But there’s a reason Wiggins and Jordan Poole shot a video in the Warriors locker room after clinching the title where they proclaimed they were about to “take a sack”.

Money, that is.

And they are not wrong.

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