While it’s not directly in the spotlight right now, Klay Thompson’s future with the Golden State Warriors will only garner greater attention the closer we draw to next offseason.
The Warrior sharpshooter has one-year and $43.2 million left on the max deal he signed in 2019, leaving him as an unrestricted free agent next offseason unless he and the franchise agree to a new extension.
Klay Thompson’s father Mychal believes his son will finish his career alongside a trio of teammates at the Golden State Warriors.
In a recent interview with Sportskeeda’s Mark Medina, Mychal Thompson, himself a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers in the late 1980’s, spoke about his son finishing his career with Golden State.
"“It makes sense. Him, Draymond and Steph should never wear another uniform. Or should never have to wear another uniform. That also goes for Kevon Looney, too”, Thompson said."
While Thompson’s career with the Warriors appears secure, he’s still likely to enter unrestricted free agency at the end of next season. That’s the opinion of Medina who believes Golden State will take a similar approach with Thompson as they did with Draymond Green.
Green and the franchise failed to come to terms on a new extension last offseason, leaving the door open for the former Defensive Player of the Year to depart as a free agent. He ultimately closed that option emphatically, signing a new four-year, $100 million contract in the first deal of free agency.
It’s widely acknowledged that Thompson will need to take a hefty pay cut to remain with the Warriors beyond next season, with a potential deal perhaps in a similar vicinity to Green’s $25 million per year.
In his first full season after two devastating leg injuries, Thompson averaged 21.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33 minutes per game. The five-time All-Star shot 43.6% from the field and 41.2% from three-point range.