Golden State Warriors veteran Klay Thompson is taking a positive mindset to the final year of his contract, stating that “life is great” regardless of whether or not he signs an extension with the franchise.
Thompson is entering the final season of a five-year, $189.9 million contract he signed with the Warriors in 2019, meaning he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next summer should an extension not be forthcoming.
A reflective Klay Thompson appears like he won’t be impacted by the contract narrative in his 13th season with the Golden State Warriors.
Asked on media day about the potential of an extension, Thompson said “it’s possible” but certainly didn’t seem anxious about his contract status as he responded in his own typical laid-back style.
"“I think it’s possible and if not, life is still great. Like I’m playing basketball in my 13th year in the NBA. I have no complaints about whatever the future has in store. I’ve done so many great things in this uniform and I know there are many more memories to make. Whatever happens, life is great!”"
Thompson is set to make $43.2 million in 2023-24, a number that will almost certainly be reduced regardless of whether he signs an extension now or come free agency next offseason.
The five-time All-Star averaged over 21 points per game last season on 41.2% from three-point range, yet rightfully came under scrutiny for deteriorating form in the playoffs where he averaged just 10.5 points over the final four games of the Warriors second-round series loss.
It would almost be shocking to see Thompson depart the franchise, particularly after long-time teammate Draymond Green recommitted to the Warriors on a four-year, $100 million deal this offseason.
Thompson’s camp and the Warriors will now have find a balance that works for both parties, with the new second-tax apron and the 33-year-old’s injury history also potential factors in the final conclusion.