I just listened to this podcast and it was really interesting what Phil Gould actually said. Let me summarise:
Panthers had AK on contract for 70-75k
Warriors came to the Panthers to ask whether they would release AK
Gus asked how come, and the Warriors said because they believed Shaun Johnson
may be out the door.
Keep in mind that announcement of AK being signed to the Warriors was 30th October 2018, and the story where Cameron George was asked about the Shaun Johnson
contract status was 25th October 2018. So interesting to note that the Warriors were already talking about AK as a replacement for Shaun Johnson
, as it seemed like he was leaving, before anything broke in the media.