Earlier this offseason the Warriors decided to trade Jordan Poole with whom they signed to a four-year, $128 million extension prior to the 2022-23 season. Golden State acquired 38-year-old veteran Chris Paul to replace the 24-year-old Poole.
According to Logan Murdock of The Ringer, the decision to trade Poole was a quick one after the Dubs realized that the situation was far too gone. He says that the team’s veterans had some kind of problem with the player. And although Steph Curry tried to make it work, it wasn’t.
“[Not suspending Draymond Green for the punch] eroded trust with Jordan [Poole] and the organization,” Murdock said on The Bills Simmons Podcast. “For a lot of time he was just isolated from the group. He had allies on the team. Andrew Wiggins is an ally on the team, [Kevon] Looney – they’re both from Milwaukee – was a guy that that led, like, Jordan…
“But all of the established guys, the guys that we did had some version of problem with Jordan Pool whether it was Klay [Thompson] ironically saying that Jordan doesn’t pass the ball enough and shoots too much.
“And then you have Draymond [Green] who sees Jordan as this guy is like ‘Yeah, I did punch him, I did do all these things but now I don’t have a voice within the locker room because of what happened just now.’ And he has spoken about that on his podcast.
“And then you have Steph [Curry] who is like trying to bring all this together. And it’s like ‘Man, I’m behind you Jordan. Can you just get it right so we can win? … Steph really wanted this to work with Jordan, but after a certain point it was too far gone.”