During Tim Kawakami's conversation on RealGM Radio with Danny Leroux, he spoke about how the Golden State Warriors will attempt to make it work financially while having potentially four players on maximum contracts.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will sign max contracts this summer while Green and Thompson are likely to sign max deals in future seasons if they continue their current trajectory of play.
"Where do teams usually screw up in these long-term contracts? It's for these middling players that they hope are great players and you pay them at middling players," said Kawakami.
"The Warriors have made a clear call that they're going to have four great players. Four players who may not be paid the maximum, though Curry and Durant are going to be, but those are it. Everyone else, we'll see what happens with (Andre) Iguodala and (Shaun) Livingston, those are the two middling players.
"Everything else is replaceable. Everything. Iguodala is less replaceable but as he gets older he will be more and more replaceable in their minds."
Kawakami referenced the types of contracts that teams sign players to and quickly regret such as Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng and Meyers Leonard.
The free agencies of Iguodala and Livingston will be intriguing to watch as the Warriors attempt to keep their roster together while adhering to that principle. Golden State will likely attempt to offer shorter term deals that expire when Green and Thompson get new deals.
"They've just kind of cleared that out. They're not going to overpay everybody because they have the four guys who are all worth (the) max.
"It's really a clarification. In this league where you're not sure about free agents and how they're going to work.
"I don't know that economic sense has really registered with people yet.
"It's an interesting economic way to set this up where they will be uninvolved in the middle tier of the NBA economics."