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Warriors seeking $9.3M Disabled Player Exception after Klay Thompson goes down

Warriors, Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors have applied for the Disabled Player Exception worth $9.3 million after the season-ending loss of All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Thompson, who missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his left ACL tear, will miss the 2020-21 campaign after tearing his right Achilles while playing in a pick-up game in Los Angeles.

The Warriors acquired small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder after Klay Thompson got hurt. The team will likely start Stephen Curry, Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and James Wiseman in 2020-21.

Assuming the NBA gives the Warriors the extra $9.3 million, it will be interesting to see who general manager Bob Myers goes after.

Golden State had the worst record in the NBA in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. Curry only appeared in five games, as the two-time MVP and three-time champion broke his hand in the fourth game of the season against the Phoenix Suns and needed two surgeries to address the ailment.

The Warriors’ putrid 2019-20 season netted them Wiseman, who was the second overall pick in the 2020 draft. Although it’s a bummer that Thompson is out for another season, Golden State will certainly be in the playoff picture next season with Curry and Green leading the way.