Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson is entering free agency this offseason looking for a massive payday.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, he’ll stay in Golden State if he gets a five-year max deal, but there’s a chance he could head elsewhere if not.
“I think with Klay Thompson, he was sort of waiting to know whether he would get that full five-year, $190 million-plus max deal,” Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter.
“Once he had that offer, gets that offer from Golden State, he’s made it clear he wants to stay. If he gets something south of that, they run the risk of him going to take meetings in June 30-July free agency.”
Thompson, who averaged 21.0 points per game last season, suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Per Wojnarowski’s comments on Get Up, that won’t deter teams from offering long-term max deals:
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“Even if they resign Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to long term contracts, this is a roster that will be fighting to just make the Western Conference playoffs.” -@wojespn https://t.co/uZzmJDFEl2
Anthony Slater of The Athletic provided an early estimate as to when Thompson could return:
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Eight-ish months for an ACL tear, on the very low end recovery wise, is mid-February. Gotta figure Klay Thompson is out until at least the All-Star break, if not all next season.
Signing Thompson to a five-year max contract is an easy move for Golden State to make. He’s been part of a core that has won five Western Conference titles and three NBA championships in five seasons. Plus, he’s not even 30 years old yet, so he has plenty of basketball left in him once he returns to the court.
Thompson has made 45.9 percent of his field goals and 41.9 percent of his three-pointers during his career. He has never shot worse than 40.1 percent from beyond the arc during any individual season.
The 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft has also been an All-Star selection five times. He’s a two-time All-NBA team member and was named to his first NBA All-Defensive team this season.