The Golden State Warriors will have to make a few important decisions this summer. The free agency will begin on Sunday evening, and many players are expected to opt out of their current deals. Kevin Durant has already done this. Klay Thompson is the next to make a move.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Golden State Warriors will offer Thompson a max deal. He wrote, “The Golden State Warriors are planning to offer All-Star guard Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million maximum contract when free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET — which is expected to accelerate the process of general manager Bob Myers and Thompson’s agent, Greg Lawrence, quickly reaching a formal agreement, league sources tell ESPN.
Thompson and Lawrence have indicated throughout the past year that the five-time All-Star guard planned to return to the Warriors if offered the full five-year max deal — and that’s on course to happen now, league sources said.”
If the Warriors convince Thompson to stay on the roster, they will turn their focus on Durant.
Warriors players would definitely love to have Thompson back next season.
“It’s just tough in terms of a guy like Klay that left it all out there,” Stephen Curry said after the Game 6 loss to Toronto. “He was playing amazing tonight. And to see a freak play like that where he lands awkwardly. I don’t know the diagnosis yet, but you think about the person and the guy and how much he loves to play the game and that’s the only thoughts you have. It’s really not about what it means in terms of playing basketball. It’s just I’m more concerned about him as an individual.”
“He might be the toughest guy I’ve ever seen in my life,” center Kevon Looney said. “I know he was in a lot of pain when he went down. I’ve never seen him scream or show emotion like that, so I knew he was hurt. He’s a tough guy and came back and made the free throws.”
Thompson is an excellent player, and the Warriors better keep him around.