Warriors’ Joe Lacob looking at $155 million in luxury tax with Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant maxed out
The Golden State Warriors are expected to do everything that they could to re-sign All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, despite the fact that they might miss most or even all of next season because of their injuries. There have been several discussions about whether or not the Dubs should offer both players max contracts. But if they do decide to max out KD and Klay, they are looking at an insane amount of luxury tax for next season.
$168M in salary + $155M in luxury tax-
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 14, 2019
Durant suffered a torn Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, while Thompson also tore his ACL in Game 6. It is possible for both players to join another team this summer even if they decide to sit out next season to recover. But the Warriors are hoping that they could keep their star-studded core together so that they can make another run at the championship in the future.
Durant, Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green have led the Warriors to three championships in the last five NBA seasons. They were gunning for a third straight championship this year, but they were stopped by the eventual champions Toronto Raptors in six games.
Although there is optimism that the Warriors can re-sign Klay, the same thing cannot be said about KD, who is expected to join either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets this summer. The two-time Finals MVP is already staying in New York at the moment and he reportedly met with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving to discuss the possibility of playing together next season.