The math is pretty simple: Jordan Poole’s new $123 million four-year deal with the Warriors is just $3 million more than Tyler Herro’s guarantee with the Miami Heat, but it’s enough of an escalation to note.
The Herro-plus, actually. Herro has recently and temporarily set the market at $30 million a year for young, highly talented, playoff proven lead guards who aren’t the best players on their teams but could go there… and reset a few weeks later Poole it by getting $30.75 million each. Both players have incentive clauses to weigh in, but if we only count the guaranteed portions, it’s Poole over Herro with a total of $3 million. Not too complicated, right?
It’s actually very complicated when you throw the Poole deal into the bigger Warriors cosmos – everything around this contract spills over with heavy ramifications for the Warriors, who are joining the dynasty at this point, given the other meaty contractual decisions coming soon and just 10 days after Poole was beaten by Draymond Green.
Poole’s deal – first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday, with terms first reported by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater – isn’t just a big bargaining gain for Poole and his agents.