How Jordan Poole could be affected by Tyler Herro’s $130M contract extension – NBC Sports

How Jordan Poole could be affected by Tyler Herro's $130M contract extension - NBC Sports

Jordan Poole is set for a massive payday, either in the coming weeks or next summer.

How much Poole will earn in a potential contract extension with the Warriors is not yet clear, but another deal signed Sunday could affect what the Michigan product gets.

Tyler Herro, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, signed a four-year, $130 million contract extension with the Miami Heat on Sunday, setting a higher bar for a potential Poole contract. $120 million of Herro’s new deal is guaranteed.

Poole is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract and is set to make approximately $3.9 million this season. There is an Oct. 17 deadline — the day before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season — to settle 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 sheet he receives.

Before Herro’s contract, the bar for rookie deals was about $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 have locked Anfernee Simons to a four-year, $100 million contract.

Poole may have fit that level but now that Herro has received $130 million, the fourth-year Warriors guard will likely try to get close to that.

While Herro took home the individual hardware last season, Poole played a bigger role for the Warriors as they awaited Klay Thompson’s return from two major injuries.

Poole played in 76 games last season, starting 51 of them, and averaged 18.5 points in 30.0 minutes per contest. He made enormous leaps in his development and became a deadly weapon for the warriors.

Poole and Herro both shot 44 percent from the field last season, but Herro was a slightly better 3-point shooter (39.9 percent to 36.4 percent for Poole).

With their numbers extremely similar, Poole could make a case that he should be paid close to — or more than — what Herro received from the Heat.

At Warriors Media Day last week, team president and general manager Bob Myers told reporters he had planned to meet with Poole’s representatives after the team returned from Japan to play two preseason games. That time is coming and Herro’s extension probably changes the conversation a bit.

When asked about the looming extension during media day, Poole believes he will stay with the Warriors.

“Obviously that’s something that’s there, but I’ll let my representatives deal with that,” Poole said. “I’m confident we’ll work something out. I’m just here to play basketball and excited to be back with the team.”

For what it’s worth, Poole was thrilled for Herro, a fellow Milwaukeean. The Warriors guard posted his hometown’s area code — 414 — on his Instagram story.

When Poole signs, and how much he will get, remains to be seen.

In addition to trying to re-sign Poole, the Warriors have looming contract decisions with Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, though those don’t have to be settled until next summer.

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For now, though, the focus is on Poole and whether a deal can be done before October 17.

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