A lot will be discussed about Klay Thompson’s upcoming contract negotiations for the soon-to-be restricted free agent after next season.
The Warriors have publicly said they would like to lock him up long-term, with both GM Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob voicing their support. Thompson agrees.
“It’d be a dream come true if I was able to sign an extension,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Whether it happens or not, I know I’m a fortunate man to be in the NBA.”
Of course, signing an extension with the Warriors depends on whether he is actually with the team in the near future. If the Warriors are interested in pursuing a trade for Kevin Love — and reports indicate they are — then the Timberwolves will undoubtedly ask for Thompson in return, along with other pieces.
“With trade rumors, if you read too far into them, it’s not healthy,” said Thompson. “You have to take it day by day, live your life and plan on making a life in the city you play. I don’t pay attention to it as much as the common fan.”
Do the Warriors lock up Thompson before the season starts, or do they let him hit the open market after next season and be forced to match the highest bidder or else lose their talented off-guard? Or, is the public support from the team just trade bait to drive up Thompson’s value?
Conjectures are conjectures, but we’ll leave you with Thompson’s thoughts on Love:
“I think he’d be a great fit, anywhere. Any time you can add a perennial All-Star, whose game is so versatile, your team is going to immediately get better. Whether it’s us or someplace else, he can fit in.”