Klay Thompson agrees to 5-year, $190 million with Warriors
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported more details of the trade:
Source: It's a full five-year max for Klay Thompson, not a 4+1. No player option on the fifth year. No 'no trade' clause. Just like the Steph Curry contract a couple summers ago.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 1, 2019
This news comes as no surprise. Thompson has always been expected to return to the Warriors, even when it was reported that he would take meetings with the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers if they didn’t offer him the most lucrative contract possible. It was quickly reported thereafter that owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers had every intention of extending Thompson that contract, cinching his fate days before free agency began.
Thompson put together another stellar regular season after an uncharacteristically slow start from beyond the arc, averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field 40.2 percent on three-pointers. He was even better in the playoffs, forcefully re-staking his claim as one of basketball’s best two-way and big-game players by hitting clutch shot after clutch shot and routinely taking on the responsibility of guarding the opposition’s best player.
Thompson was in the midst of another playoff masterpiece in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, scoring 30 points on just 12 shot attempts, when Danny Green challenged his dunk attempt from behind during the third quarter, causing the five-time All-Star to land awkwardly on his left knee. Despite shooting the resulting free throws to preserve his eligibility for the game’s remainder, Thompson never returned to the action and was diagnosed with a torn ACL after the Toronto Raptors dethroned the Warriors, putting his status for 2019-20 in doubt.
At 29, with a game far more reliant on skill, size, and competitiveness than athleticism, Thompson should remain an All-Star level performer for years to come with Golden State despite his injury.