Anyone who is familiar with the Golden State Warriors has at least heard the name.
He’s a 24-year-old with the shooting arms of a seasoned vet. He holds the distinction of being Washington State’s third all-time leading scorer, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and currently ranking second on NBA.com‘s “Cohen 8-Ball: Ranking 2013-2014 Best SG’s“. One does not simply “Klay Thompson”.
His stock continues to go up each year. In the ’11-’12 season, Thompson averaged just 12.5 PPG. After just three seasons with the Warriors, his going rate is 18.4. It also doesn’t hurt that his field goal percentage is better than ever.
But what does that mean in terms of overall value?
What Management Says:
Anyone interested in the franchise get most of their information from majority owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers. These men are the faces of the business. They do most of the talking and doing. And now management offers the notion that they’re taking KT off the market:
Warriors owner Joe Lacob: ‘We are going to re-sign Klay Thompson. I will say that unequivocally’ http://t.co/hOO0tXsCGN
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) April 28, 2014
Myers on Klay Thompson extension: “We can’t talk about it until July 1st, but we definitely want to keep him. He’s a Top 5 SG in the NBA.”
— KNBR (@KNBR) May 30, 2014
Paired with Stephen Curry, he’s the best wing player the Warriors possess. He not only features the innate ability to open the floor, but also to score under pressure around the perimeter. The front office understands that.
He May Be Worth More on the Open Market
There’s been talk and talk again of a possible Minnesota-Golden State deal trading Klay Thompson (and another player) in exchange for Kevin Love. Given Thompson’s inherent potential, a trade for one of the best power forwards in the game may actually be feasible, but is it likely?
Not so much. Usually when officials make bold statements (excluding politicians), they tend to fulfill those promises. Why? Because the Warriors have been vague on a lot of topics, including the reasons surrounding Mark Jackson’s release. Surely fans’ wishes are divided by two main camps: the loyalists who enjoy the “Splash Brothers” edition and constructionists, who are looking for a much-needed upgrade.
For those in the latter: hope for a trade, prepare for a contract extension.