According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, is pushing the Warriors for a max contract for his client, and it’s somewhere in the ballpark of $15.7 million per year, five times his current worth.
That could put the Warriors in a salary cap bind if this happens, which makes the Love trade talks all the more interesting, if they aren’t already. Thompson is going to get his max deal no matter what, thanks to Chandler Parsons setting the bar high by signing a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Mavericks earlier this offseason that the Rockets declined to match. Thompson is better or at least equal to Parsons, meaning any extension for Klay would have to start at over $15 million per year, which is what Parsons got.
So how much do the Warriors value Klay Thompson? Enough to give him a max extension and keep him instead of trading for an elite player in Love? Considering that no deal has been made yet, the answer is probably “yes.” And as Monte Poole of CSN writes:
If Thompson was good enough to keep out of a deal that could have delivered Love in June, Klay is good enough to keep out of a deal that might deliver Love in July. Or August.
The Warriors are between a rock and a hard place right now: keep Thompson, pay him the max, and potentially overrate him while missing out on one of the top players in the league, or trade him for Love and potentially watch as he puts up elite numbers in Minnesota while Love doesn’t pan out in Golden State.
One thing’s for certain: we’re all glad that we’re not sitting in Bob Myers’ chair right now.