As some early extension candidates have already reached new deals this offseason, the Golden State Warriors must make a couple of decisions for the future.
Via Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Golden State Warriors have had talks with Festus Ezeli on a contract extension.
There is a deal to be had here if Ezeli wants it, as sources near the situation say the Warriors would do a multi-year extension at the right price. But if Ezeli wants to maximize his earnings, it may not happen this summer and it may not happen in Golden State. This one seems unlikely unless Ezeli wants to offer the hometown discount and ensure he’s part of the future in Golden State.
GM Bob Myers and the Warriors front office have had a nice track record of securing long term extensions that turned out to be bargain contracts later (i.e. Stephen Curry). While Ezeli missed the 2013-14 season because of injury, he rebounded and became an integral cog of Golden State's bench unit.
It would not be a surprise if Ezeli decided to wait it out and enter restricted free agency next summer. With a bevy of teams able to throw money at players next summer, Ezeli could easily receive a more lucrative deal if he were to reject an extension now.
In spite of this, early signs suggest that the Warriors want Ezeli back in the long run and vice versa.