All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2019, but NBA executives would be shocked if the sharpshooter leaves the Golden State Warriors, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Thompson will make $18.99 million this season and has consistently said he wants to retire with the Warriors. Golden State has won back-to-back championships and three of the last four Finals. Thompson, 28, has career averages of 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from the 3-point line in 545 games with the Warriors.
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to heavily pursue Klay Thompson once he hits the open market.
Golden State general manager Bob Myers said over the summer that he’s confident the organization will be able to afford a roster and luxury tax bill that hits over $300 million in the 2019-20 season. The Warriors will open their new arena in San Francisco that season, which will surely bring in more revenue.
Kevin Durant can become a free agent next summer as well, while Draymond Green’s contract is up in 2020. There are way more rumblings about KD leaving than Thompson.
And if you’re Klay Thompson, why would you leave the Warriors? Life is good there. Thompson puts up good numbers and wins a lot of games while not having the focus on him every night. He is all about winning, and winning is what the Warriors are going to be doing as long as this core sticks together.