The Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Finals and it doesn't look like the Bay Area dominance is going to come to a stop anytime soon.
Following the team's most-recent championship - a 4-0 sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers - the team's owner, Joe Lacob, made a major announcement about the team's future plans. The check book is going to stay open.
Stephen Curry is currently locked up on a longterm deal, but Kevin Durant is set to get a new one this summer (he's already said he plans on re-signing). Klay Thompson is set to be a free agent next summer and Draymond Green's contract is up in two years.
For all four players to remain with the team, the Warriors are going to have to go deep into the luxury tax.
That's the plan, says the Warriors' owner.
"All good things cost a lot," he said simply. "We're going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They've earned the right to do whatever they want; maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can't control that. But we'll do whatever we can to keep them.
"We've proven that if we think we're competing for a championship, we'll be in the luxury tax. No one wants to be, but we expect to be. All I can tell you is we're going to sit down and do our planning on how we're going to improve the team for the future and setting ourselves up in the future. And it could go a number of different ways."
Locking up Klay and Draymond this summer (along with Durant) would be big. However, it seems unlikely that the former two would be willing to sign extensions a year (or two) out from their contracts ending. They could be leaving some money on the table by doing so.
Regardless, it looks like the road to an NBA title is running through Golden State for the foreseeable future.