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A look at the Warriors cap space going forward

We’ll be tracking the team’s current and future payrolls.

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Since the day that Joe Lacob bought the Golden State Warriors, there’s been a running discussion about the team’s finances. It didn’t take long with Lacob and Co. at the helm before the Dubs started shelling out money to try and build the best team possible.

When an unprecedented cap spike allowed the team to sign Kevin Durant in free agency — while keeping Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson under contract — the Warriors started to flirt with salary cap expenses the likes of which the league had never seen.

As a fan, an owner willing to spend money to win championships is exactly what you want. But it can make for frustrating offseasons, as the Warriors often don’t have the requisite cap space to make summer moves.

It can also be confusing, as cap space figures aren’t always easy to find and keep track of.

That’s what this article is for. Below is a table with all of the team’s salary commitments for this year and future years. It, and the rest of this article, will update as the team’s contracts do.

Table and data courtesy of the fine folks at Basketball Reference.

Payroll Table
Player Age 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Guaranteed
Stephen Curry 35 $51,915,615 $55,761,216 $59,606,817 $167,283,648
Klay Thompson 33 $43,219,440 $43,219,440
Chris Paul 38 $30,800,000 $30,000,000 $15,800,000
Andrew Wiggins 28 $24,330,357 $26,276,786 $28,223,215 $30,169,644 $78,830,358
Draymond Green 33 $22,321,429 $24,107,143 $25,892,857 $27,678,571 $100,000,000
Gary Payton II 30 $8,715,000 $9,130,000 $8,715,000
Kevon Looney 27 $7,500,000 $8,000,000 $15,500,000
Jonathan Kuminga 20 $6,012,840 $7,636,307 $6,012,840
Moses Moody 21 $3,918,480 $5,803,269 $3,918,480
Brandin Podziemski 20 $3,352,440 $3,519,960 $3,687,960 $5,679,459 $6,872,400
Cory Joseph 32 $2,019,706 $2,019,706
Dario Šarić 29 $2,019,706 $2,019,706
Trayce Jackson-Davis 23
Lester Quinones 22
Team Totals $206,125,013 $170,234,681 $117,410,849 $63,527,674 $450,191,578
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Generated 9/25/2023.

The general takeaway here is that the Warriors owe a lot of money over the next few years, and thus will have to rely on trades if they want to make any big moves.

But let’s dig into a few other elements of their cap space.


Due to the nature of rookie contracts, the Warriors currently have two players who have options coming up. By the end of October, the Warriors will have to decide whether to pick up the fourth-year options for Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. They are widely expected to do so.

In addition to those rookie options, the Warriors have a team option for Chris Paul for the 2024-25 season, when he would be owed $30 million.

Steph Curry, forever Warrior

Lest we forget, Curry is under contract through 2025-26. That will be his age-37 season, and his 17th year in the NBA. Hopefully it’s not his final season, but he’ll be getting close. It’s comforting to know that he’s unlikely to ever wear another team’s jersey.

Forever Warrior Draymond Green is also locked up long term, with a deal that runs through the 2026-27 season. The final year of his contract is a player option.

Make sure to bookmark this article, as we’ll keep it updated as the Warriors future salary commitments change.

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