So much of the talk surrounding the Warriors these days involves what will happen with the Kevin Durant situation. Durant declined his player option for next and will enter unrestricted free agency on June 30, and he’s been linked to multiple teams, such as the Nets, Knicks, and Clippers, but is also said to be considering re-signing with Golden State.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle is Klay Thompson, who will also hit the open market at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Warriors, for their part, have indicated that they will waste no time in offering him a max deal, despite the devastating ACL injury he sustained in the Finals that will likely keep him sidelined for most of next season.
On Thursday, however, a new report indicated that if the front office tries to lowball him, Thompson would at least listen to other offers, and there would be no shortage of teams willing to secure his services. In an attempt to get out in front of that, it now appears the Warriors are making it known that they will indeed offer him the full max, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Sources: Golden State is planning to offer All-Star Klay Thompson a 5-year, $190M maximum contract when free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET — which is expected to accelerate process of GM Bob Myers and Thompson’s agent, Greg Lawrence, quickly reaching formal agreement.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2019
Thompson has been with the organization since the start of his career and has repeatedly voiced his desire to remain there, though the Lakers and Clippers were reportedly both ready to jump into the mix if the Warriors dragged their feet. Golden State still has plenty on its plate beyond that, with both Durant and DeMarcus Cousins’ futures still very much up in the air.