The Golden State Warriors are planning to supply All-Star guard Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million most contract when free company opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET — which is predicted to speed up the method of common supervisor Bob Myers and Thompson’s agent, Greg Lawrence, rapidly reaching a proper settlement, league sources inform ESPN.
Thompson and Lawrence have indicated all through the previous yr that the five-time All-Star guard deliberate to return to the Warriors if provided the total five-year max deal — and that is on target to occur now, league sources stated.
Thompson is without doubt one of the NBA’s finest all-around gamers and a foundational expertise for a franchise that is received three championships and reached 5 NBA Finals with him as a star performer.
Regardless of struggling a torn ACL in his left knee within the NBA Finals, the Warriors remained dedicated to protecting Thompson out of free company and bringing him into the franchise’s new downtown San Francisco area with Stephen Curry into the long run.
A number of groups pursuing Thompson in free company have given up hope in current days, believing that he was transferring towards a return to the Warriors.
Now, the Warriors will flip towards attempting to retain All-NBA star Kevin Durant, who’s coming into free company. Durant suffered a torn Achilles within the NBA Finals and will miss a complete season.
Thompson has had seven consecutive seasons with at the least 200 Three-pointers, tied with Curry for essentially the most in NBA historical past. He has eight straight seasons of taking pictures at the least 40 p.c on Three-pointers, which is the league’s second-longest energetic streak within the NBA behind Curry. His 1,798 profession Three’s are 16th all-time.
Thompson is without doubt one of the league’s elite wing defenders, too. He was a second-team All-NBA defensive choice this yr.
Previous to the ACL tear, Thompson had been one of the crucial sturdy gamers within the NBA. He has missed solely 25 video games (together with playoffs) since Steve Kerr arrived as coach in 2014. He is performed at the least 70-plus video games, averaging greater than 30 minutes every of the previous seven seasons. Solely James Harden, Damian Lillard and Thaddeus Younger have had comparable runs in that span.
Thompson was chosen 11th total by the Warriors within the 2011 draft. He is a five-time All-Star and two-time third-team All-NBA participant averaging 19.5 factors and 42 p.c Three-point taking pictures in his profession.