Warriors pick up options on James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody

The Golden State Warriors received fourth-year options for center James Wiseman and third-year options for forward Jonathan Kuminga and guard Moses Moody before Monday’s deadline, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Wiseman’s option is $12.1 million, while Kuminga’s and Moody’s are $6 million and $3.9 million, respectively. The trio are now signed with the Warriors until the end of the 2023-24 season, but Wiseman will be renewed next summer and could be a limited free agent in 2024.

Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody have all been key players in Golden State’s two-pronged plan to win now with its championship core while investing in who the Warriors think will extend their title window.

Wiseman, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Warriors in 2020, played 39 games of his rookie season before being sidelined with a meniscus injury — an injury that stayed with him throughout last year as he endured numerous setbacks had to.

Trying not to be overly ambitious with Wiseman’s role in what will hopefully be his first full season, Golden State tells ESPN he wants him to focus on the basics and be a solid support for Kevon Looney. In the first seven games of the season, Wiseman averaged 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

Moody has also been a presence in the Warriors’ second unit so far this season, averaging 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game in his first seven appearances. When drafted in 2021 with the No. 14 pick, Moody was described as “more NBA capable” than his classmate Kuminga, who the Warriors picked with the No. 7 pick.

So far, Kuminga has struggled to crack the rotation. Coach Steve Kerr says it’s partly because of the depth Golden State has and giving them the right opportunities. Kuminga is averaging 10 minutes in six games since he was a DNP against the Miami Heat last week, which Kerr admitted Kuminga wasn’t happy about.

But the Warriors see Kuminga as a high-caliber player with raw talent and an athleticism unmatched by anyone on the team.

The Athletic was the first to report on the options taken by the Warriors.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34918960/sources-warriors-pick-options-james-wiseman-jonathan-kuminga-moses-moody Warriors pick up options on James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody

Emma Bowman

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