After a poor start to the 2023-24 NBA season, Golden State Warriors' veteran Klay Thompson has bounced back towards his best over the last four games.
The sharpshooter has tallied 30, 24, 28 and 24-point games since his notable late-game benching in Phoenix last week. Thompson has made exactly 50% (23-46) of his three-point attempts in that time, but just as impressively, he also has 13 turnovers and just one assist during the same period.
Philadelphia 76ers' guard Patrick Beverley believes Klay Thompson deserves a significant contract extension from the Golden State Warriors
Thompson remains unsigned beyond this season, having entered the final year of his deal where he makes $43.2 million. Franchise and player have till the end of the season to come to terms on a new deal, otherwise Thompson will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
As speculation grows on the 33-year-old's future and what he's worth, rival guard Patrick Beverley has urged the Warriors to "give that man his money."
""That man brung championships to that organization. Like was on their way to get another one if he don't f*** his knee," Beverly exclaimed. "They just won a championship two years ago! It wasn't a Splash Brother, it was Splash Brothers! I understand the business part of it but sprinkle just a little human part in it.""
There's a genuine conversation to be had on whether the Warriors owe Thompson for his previous production that's led to four championships over the last decade, or whether he should simply be paid for his current and expected output in the future.
The franchise could also argue Thompson should take a cut having been paid over $67 million for two years where he was rehabbing a torn ACL followed by a torn achilles. It's a delicate situation for both sides, and one that doesn't look like coming to and end despite the five-time All-Star's recent good form.
Speaking before Thompson's recent four-game hot stretch, The Athletic's Shams Charania revealed the franchise's offer before the season was in the range of two-year, $48 million. Thompson and his management were probably right to dismiss that offer, having just seen fellow veteran Draymond Green get four-year, $100 million in free agency.
The good news for Thompson is that his recent good form has provided a timely reminder to the Warriors, and other prospective teams, of his worth as one of the best shooters in the history of the game.