Golden State and Thompson’s contract talks have hit a snag.
Local media outlet ‘ESPN’ reported on the 16th (KST), “The Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson’s contract negotiations are at an impasse. The two sides are at an impasse over the length of the contract and the amount of money they want. At this rate, 현금홀덤사이트 Thompson will become a free agent next summer.”
Thompson is a franchise star who has played in a Golden State uniform since being selected by the Warriors with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In his time with the Warriors, Thompson has been an integral part of the Golden State dynasty, winning four championships. His play was so spectacular that he and his soul partner Steph Curry were nicknamed the “Splash Brothers”.
Thompson was considered one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, a great defender, and a key part of Golden State’s system. However, he was not immune to injury and aging. In addition, Thompson suffered two major injuries – an ACL tear and an Achilles tear – that cost him two years of rehabilitation. After a lengthy rehabilitation, he returned to the court in the 2021-2022 season to lead Golden State back to the top of the NBA.
In his prime, Thompson was not only a three-point shooter, but also a mid-range and under-the-basket scorer. After returning from injury, Thompson became a three-point shooter. His defense, which was considered top-notch in his prime, has declined significantly. He’s no longer a dedicated defender of opposing aces, but rather a player who needs to be covered by team defense.
Despite this, Thompson is still a very good player. Thompson averaged 21.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 41% from three-point range in the 2022-2023 season, proving that he’s still a top-tier NBA three-point shooter. In an NBA where the three-point shot is becoming increasingly important, Thompson will still be in high demand.
Thompson signed a five-year max contract with Golden State in July 2019. That deal ends at the end of the 2023-2024 season, meaning Thompson will be a free agent after the upcoming season.
As a franchise star and dynasty player, Golden State would hate to lose Thompson. The problem is Golden State’s salary cap situation. The Warriors retained free agent Draymond Green this summer, signing him to a four-year, $100 million deal. The impact of Green’s deal has made the Warriors’ salary cap even tighter. Golden State cleared salary cap space by trading Jordan Poole for Chris Paul, who becomes a free agent next summer, but still has luxury tax liability. Re-signing Thompson would add to the luxury tax burden.
It’s hard to imagine Thompson in another team’s uniform. Thompson is as iconic to Golden State as Curry. It will be interesting to see if Thompson and the Warriors continue to be together beyond the 2023-2024 season.