1. Klay Thompson
Thompson is in the final year of his contract, and there are questions about his future. He can sign an extension, but the sides cannot agree. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the dollars and years were off. Things could get messy fast if it becomes clear that Klay’s time with the Dubs is ending.
Would Golden State just play out the season as their version of The Last Dance? The smart play would be exploring Thompson’s value on the trade market. His $43.2 million expiring contract could help the Warriors land a superstar, but they would need one to become available.
Klay wants to stay in the Bay Area, and the franchise desires to keep him. Both sides may have to compromise to make it happen. Will it? Klay likely can get money guaranteed money elsewhere if he chooses to head into free agency. It is not an easy decision for either side and is something to monitor before the trade deadline.
The Golden State Warriors will be more active and aggressive under Mike Dunleavy Jr., but will it result in a blockbuster deal this season? The Dubs have the draft capital to trade and a desire to win another championship. That could be enough to make something massive happen.