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Rival teams expect Kevon Looney to re-sign with Warriors [report]

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The questions the Warriors face this offseason are almost entirely centered around how much their ownership is willing to keep this thing going, and dive into depths of NBA tax hell.

All signs point towards Joe Lacob and Peter Guber being willing to spend more than most other owners in the NBA, and they’ll need to keep doing that to keep the roster intact.

With the likes of Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. hitting free agency, and extension decisions to make on Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, the Warriors could be looking at a potential luxury tax bill of upwards of $400-plus million.

Looney appears like he will remain part of that picture. Marc Stein, formerly of the New York Times, reported Monday that other teams don’t believe they’ll have a real chance to make a go at Looney, expressing a “growing pessimism.”

Per Stein’s Substack:

“Looney is increasingly expected to re-sign with the Warriors on a multiyear deal after playing a vital role in their fourth title run in a span of eight seasons.”

Looney is coming to the end of a three-year, $14.5 million deal after a season in which he was the only player to play all 104 games. He averaged 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 21.1 minutes per game.

 

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