Report: ‘Realistic Chance’ Warriors Don’t Re-Sign Klay Thompson

According to NBA insider Anthony Slater of The Athletic, there remains a “realistic chance” the Golden State Warriors don’t re-sign Klay Thompson

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One of the best shooters in NBA history, Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

“The calendar flips to June this weekend. It’s the final month of Klay Thompson’s current contract with the Golden State Warriors, and there remains a realistic chance these are the fading days of his 13-year run with the organization,” Slater wrote. “As the decision on his future nears, there’s been no notable movement from either side toward a resolution, league sources said.

“The Warriors maintain a desire to retain Thompson at the right price once other aspects of their roster retool get clarified. But they haven’t exactly been beating down his door to work out the framework for an extension (which can be signed at any time). In turn, the 34-year-old Thompson appears ready to test free-agency waters, exploring external options for the first time in his career.”

Thompson averaged 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season while shooting 43.2% from the field, 38.7% from beyond the arc and 92.7% from the free-throw line. 

The Warriors missed the playoffs. 

Golden State drafted Thompson with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Washington State. Thompson has made five All-Star teams, two All-NBA teams and one All-Defensive team with the Warriors. The guard has helped the franchise win four championships. 

According to NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Orlando Magic and Thompson have mutual interest.

The Magic might offer Thompson “a ton of money” this offseason, per Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.

“One of the worst-kept secrets in the league is that Orlando, loaded with young talent but not with shooters, might offer Klay a ton of money next summer,” Kawakami wrote. “Meanwhile, Joe Lacob has said the Warriors want to get all the way out of the luxury tax next summer, which is possible, but only if they are very disciplined about how much they’re willing to pay to keep Klay (and/or CP3).”

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