NBA exec: Klay Thompson ‘going nowhere,’ will stay with Warriors
Among the myriad issues confronting the Golden State Warriors this coming offseason is the uncertain future of Klay Thompson. According to one unnamed NBA executive, the Warriors sharpshooter will remain with the organization despite whispers he could be heading elsewhere.
Once the Warriors close out the NBA Finals — win or lose — attention will shift to what the organization intends to do about Thompson, not to mention Kevin Durant — who may have suffered a career-altering Achilles injury in Game 5 — among others.
The aforementioned NBA exec has thrown cold water on the belief Thompson could sign with another team in free agency. That notion was reinforced by noting how Thompson is enjoying an outstanding NBA Finals, not to mention the argument that the Warriors cannot open Chase Center in San Francisco next season without Thompson and Stephen Curry remaining Splash Brothers.
“After what Klay’s done this series, they cannot open up that building without that backcourt,” the NBA executive told The Athletic’s David Aldridge. “That’s the business side of it. Klay ain’t going nowhere.”
As far as salary is concerned, if Thompson were to hit the open market, the most teams reportedly could offer him would be four years and $139 million. The Warriors, on the other hand, are said to be capable of presenting a a five-year, $188 million offer to Thompson, per salary cap projections, although the team obviously is hamstrung on the player salary front.
The belief as recently as January was that Thompson would remain with the organization that selected him 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, with the motto “Warrior for Life” being mentioned.
That said, there have been whispers that playing third- or fourth-wheel on the superstar-heavy Warriors has left Thompson unhappy, which the star later disputed.
Thompson without question boasts a critical, if under-appreciated, role with the Warriors. How things play out remains to be seen, but it appears at this point it’s far more likely Thompson joins the Warriors in their big move to San Francisco.