RUMOR: Lakers rooting for Warriors to not offer Klay Thompson a max contract
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and many feel that if there is one team that can lure Thompson away from the Bay Area, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers.
Naturally, the Lakers are rooting for the Warriors to not offer Thompson a max contract, which could turn the sharpshooter’s attention to Los Angeles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
“The one scenario the Lakers are rooting for is for the Warriors not to offer Klay Thompson a max contract. That might turn Klay’s attention to LA.”@wojespn on #Lakers fall back plan if they are unable to land Anthony Davis in a trade#LakeShow
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 6, 2019
Thompson has long been seen as a potential target for the Lakers, especially considering that his father, Mychal Thompson, played for the Lakers during the 1980s.
While Thompson has said in the past that he can’t imagine leaving Golden State, you have to wonder if he will give serious thought to playing basketball elsewhere if the Dubs don’t offer him a max deal.
Still, it seems unlikely that that will occur, particularly if Kevin Durant walks.
With more and more momentum building toward Durant leaving the Warriors over the summer, it doesn’t seem very probable that Golden State would lose Durant and Thompson, and owner Joe Lacob’s recent comments about the Dubs doing whatever they can to keep a championship core together lends credence to the notion that Thompson will, in fact, be back with the Warriors next season.
This season, Thompson is averaging 21.8 points, four rebounds, two assists and 1.2 steals over 34.2 minutes per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 81 percent from the free-throw line.
The 28-year-old is currently in his eighth year with the Warriors after being drafted by the team in 2011.