Warriors rumors: Klay Thompson ‘ain’t going nowhere’ in free agency after NBA Finals heroics
Despite the mutual interest between Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors, some have offered the organization may not be willing to offer the full value of his would-be five-year max contract this offseason. Yet a league executive believes the Warriors will do whatever it takes to have the 6-foot-7 sniper suit up in blue and gold for the opening of the Chase Center next season after putting together his best NBA Finals to date.
“After what Klay’s done this series, they cannot open up that building without that backcourt,” an NBA executive told David Aldridge of The Athletic. “That’s the business side of it. Klay ain’t going nowhere.”
A quick look at the numbers has Thompson averaging 25 points per game in these NBA Finals, clearly his best scoring prowess at that stage and the best scoring concert of his postseason career since a flame-throwing 31 points per game against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2016, one he was forced to play without backcourt partner Stephen Curry.
Thompson is also shooting a sparkling 52 percent from the floor and 57 percent from the three-point line, making 50 percent of his three-point attempts in each of his four games in this series (missed Game 3 with a hamstring strain).
The marksman has been wholeheartedly committed to returning for the Warriors, but it’s been known that he does not plan to give the team a hometown discount this time around, going into a vital financial stretch of his NBA career.
Any dollars saved from a deal with Thompson would merely shave the luxury tax responsibility for this team, already looking to be elbows-deep in financial commitment during the next few years with Curry in the books and Draymond Green awaiting another max deal after a superb postseason play.