Warriors are made to win in the long run. Can they pay it?


The Warriors are back 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 appearance in the championship round, in eight years.

Because this year’s Warriors championship was not expected, every reason will be given between now and next June as to why the Dubs will be title winners for a period.


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

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

You are probably right.

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

No, not a series.

That’s a streak that goes back to the 2015 playoffs. And until that streak ends, you’d be crazy to pick against the Warriors.

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

Still, while the Warriors are built for perennial success, building in the Bay is expensive, and prices continue to rise.

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

The main impediment to the Warriors repeating as champions next year is green. No not the player, I’m talking cold hard cash.

The Warriors have seemingly infinite funds, but we may be getting closer to the moment we find the limit. They’re likely to set an NBA record for payroll next season, above $350 million this season, and that will be the case even if they don’t bring back every member of this championship team.

As of today, Golden State is well over the NBA’s luxury tax threshold with just the contracts they already have on the books for next season. They’re so deep into the tax that they’ll probably have to pay $6 on top of every $1 they spend this off-season.

So buy all the hats, t-shirts and trinkets you can find, Warriors fans. Joe Lacob, the CEO of the Warriors, will rely on that additional income to keep this team together.

Curry, Green and Thompson are locked in for a few years yet, no need to worry about that.

But there’s a good reason Wiggins and Jordan Poole shot a video in the Warriors’ locker room after they won the title in which they proclaimed they were about to “get a bag.”

Of money, that is.

And they are not wrong.