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As the Warriors gear up for the start of their 2022 NBA training camp, which will include a preseason trip to Tokyo next week, head coach Steve Kerr has been making the rounds with the league’s media. And in an appearance on the Real Ones podcast over at The Ringer, Kerr addressed a topic that could be key to how the team comes along in the near and long-term future: the development of fourth-year guard Jordan Poole.

Poole, entering his fourth season, had a breakthrough last year, at least on the offensive end. He averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 assists, making 44.8% of his shots and 36.4% of his 3-pointers. He also shot a league-best 92.5% from the free-throw line, establishing career highs in all those categories.

But, Kerr said, he has a long way to go in one respect: his defense. And that will be a message the team hopes to hammer home with Poole all season.

The guy who replaced Poole in the starting lineup last year, Klay Thompson, is one of the better two-way guards in the NBA, and Kerr wants Poole to follow in his footsteps.

“Jordan Poole took a leap last year and became a really high-level player,” Kerr said. “His next step is to become a better two-way guy. He’s a really dynamic offensive player. He’s much stronger and more athletic than I think people realize, even maybe more than he realizes. So, can he become a two-way guy like Klay Thompson? That’s his next step.”

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Of course, one of the overarching issues for the Warriors heading into the season is on the financial side, where Poole is up for an extension and Golden State is looking at long-term contract possibilities for Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. All three can be free agents next summer.

Poole is of the most pressing importance in the short-term, though. There is a deadline of October 17 for the Warriors and Poole to negotiate an extension, and if one is not reached, he will be bound for restricted free agency next summer. It’s important to note that even if he becomes a restricted free agent, the Warriors can still match any offer he receives.

Given the recent four-year, $107 million extension ($120 million with incentives) the Knicks gave to guard R.J. Barrett, considered a comparable player to Poole, the expectation is that a new deal for Poole would land in the same range. But will the Warriors want to pay out that much for a guy who will likely remain a sixth man as long as Thompson and Wiggins are in town?

Myers: Poole Deal to Be Discussed Next Month

General manager Bob Myers addressed Poole’s situation during his media availability, saying that he has not sat down to negotiate a new deal for Poole yet, and that he anticipated doing so early next month.

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“We are going to meet with his representatives I think after Tokyo and sit down for the first time and start having that conversation, and I think that’s about two weeks out from the deadline for him,” Myers said. “Where that will go, I don’t know. I know that they want to meet and I know we want to meet, and then we’ll see what the next two weeks give us.”

Myers, who is a former NBA agent himself, said that players tend to handle these negotiations differently—some will take the security of a good payday when it is presented, others will want to go out and have a great fourth season, forcing the team to pay more the following summer.

“I’ve been on the side whereas an agent, I would sit with you and say, you want to take had $100 million or do you want to play it out?” Myers said. “Hard for us to imagine that decision but some players will say, I honestly don’t think that will go well for me and I don’t want to play with that over my head. And some will have the ultimate confidence to say, that means nothing to me, and I want to hold out for what I think might be a bigger payday.

“It depends. It’s personal. If the money is close, you know, if you get it close to where guys want it to be, they usually take it in my — having been on this side and that side.”

 

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Celtics Sent Strong Message Regarding Recent Addition

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At the start of the off-season, the Boston Celtics made a splash by trading for Malcolm Brogdon to help solve some of their playmaking issues off the bench.

Brogdon, 29, has spent the last three seasons operating as the Indiana Pacers’ lead guard, participating in 146 games and averaging 18.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 35.2% from deep and 49.8% from inside the perimeter. 

However, Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey believes that Brogdon’s $22.5 million yearly salary is the worst contract the Celtics currently have on their books – primarily due to Brogdon’s injury history throughout his career.

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"Malcolm Brogdon…remains the only second-round pick in league history to win Rookie of the Year honors since the NBA did away with territorial rights and ushered in the current draft system in 1966."

— Adam Taylor (@AdamTaylorNBA) July 5, 2022

“Boston probably doesn’t have any terrible contracts, but it’s a little easier to go with Malcolm Brogdon. Durability is the key. After appearing in 75 games as a rookie, Brogdon has averaged just 51.6 games per season since then,” Bailey reasoned in his September 24 article. 

Still, when healthy, there’s no denying that Brogdon is a special talent, capable of being a lead ball-handler, or operating as an off-ball scorer, all while being an exceptional playmaker and reasonable defender. If the six-foot-five guard can remain healthy this season, he will give the Celtics bench a significant boost in both scoring and shot creation – two things the bench unit was missing throughout the Celtics’ deep playoff run.

Brogdon Expected to be Boston’s Sixth Man

Shortly after the Celtics acquired Brogdon via trade, the Georgia native appeared on an episode of Adrian Wojnarowski’s ‘Woj Pod’ and discussed how he’s willing to embrace a role as Boston’s sixth man in the upcoming season.

Brogdon spoke about embracing a sixth-man role on today's Woj Pod:

"But I really want to get back to winning at a high level, I wanna win a championship. So whatever I can sacrifice, to get back to that championship level, I’m willing to do it."https://t.co/FDSwvWKwqW

— Adam Taylor (@AdamTaylorNBA) July 11, 2022

“Brad did have a conversation with my agent and talked about me coming to Boston and embracing a sixth man role. And for me, I’ve made a lot of money, I’ve won a lot in Milwaukee, I’ve won some in Indiana. But I really want to get back to winning at a high level, I wanna win a championship. So whatever I can sacrifice, to get back to that championship level, I’m willing to do it and compete,” Brogdon detailed, noting how his discussions with President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens helped convinced him to embrace a new role.

With Brogdon expecting to come off the bench next season, it’s clear that the Celtics are set to continue with Marcus Smart as their lead point-guard, and given his production of 12.1 points, 5.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds last season, along with his winning Defensive Player of the Year honors, you can understand why the Celtics wish to keep him as the starting guard.

Brogdon’s Injury History Remains a Concern

The primary reason why Bailey believes Brogdon’s contract is the worst on Boston’s current roster is due to his inability to stay healthy – and that is also why the Celtics likely view Brogdon as a bench player rather than a starter.

On July 11, a rival general manager spoke to Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpett, under the condition of anonymity, and helped shed some light on how Brogdon’s injury history is viewed by some front offices around the NBA.

Brogdon took 240 shots when operating as the PnR Ball Handler last season, 38.8% of them came at the rim (93 attempts) – he converted at a 44% clip.

In short, Brogdon likes to pressure the rim, and I like that.

— Adam Taylor (@AdamTaylorNBA) July 3, 2022

“The knock against him coming out of college is that he had terrible knees. I mean, some of the examinations were really suspect in terms of how long his lower body would be able to take NBA pounding. So that’s why he ended up going in the second round because he was damn near red-flagged. So the fact of the matter is he’s probably better off coming off the bench with limited minutes, trying to be impactful in 18 rather than trying to play 30 and always being injured,” The GM told Bulpett.

Still, if Brogdon can remain healthy, and embrace his new role on a Celtics roster that is capable of contending for a championship this season, then his addition could prove to be an X-Factor for a team that came within two games of winning the NBA Finals last season before falling at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

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