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Can the Warriors afford a dynasty? The price will be unprecedented

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Even as the favorites to win their third NBA title in four years, the Golden State Warriors have work to do, including difficult decisions to make on Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the rest of the roster over the next three years.

Golden State's front office, led by GM Bob Myers, knows that the salary cap and luxury taxes will challenge its ability to keep this group together and that the financial penalties will be significant if the Warriors retain their core.

Including an expected $168 million in salary and tax this season, Golden State projects to spend more than $1.1 billion through 2020-21. As one league executive told ESPN, "Finances are the only thing that will break up this Warriors team."

Let's look at all the likely and potential maneuvers, decisions and costs facing the Warriors as they try to continue their historic run.