With success comes tough decisions, tough decisions that the Golden State Warriors are currently facing.
Fresh off their first playoff appearance in six seasons and just their second appearance in nearly two decades, the Warriors are facing a financial crush.
Point guard Jarrett Jack is a unrestricted free agent and forward Carl Landry holds a $4 million dollar player option, an option he’s expected to decline in hopes of securing a more lucrative pay check. Both have expressed their desire to return to the Bay, but with nearly $70 million dollars on the books for next season (assuming both Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins exercise their insane player options), the money may not be there to bring both Jack and Landry back.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers knows this and told Kyle Bonagura that while he would like to have Jack return, he does expect Landry to opt-out:
Bob Myers hasn’t asked Landry if he’ll pick up his option: “There are some you can speculate on… Brandon Rush will probably pick his up.”
The Warriors could attempt to find a willing trade partner for either Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins, but it’s unlikely they’d receive any cheaper contract in return, so the Warriors may have to pick their battle between Jack and Landry.
Tough call, no doubt.