Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the sharpshooter likely isn’t going anywhere.
According to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, the expectation within and outside the Warriors is that Thompson isn’t leaving the Dubs and will re-sign with the franchise rather quickly once free agency begins on July 1, 2019.
While Thompson has indicated an interest in remaining a “Warrior for life,” his return cannot just be taken for granted. Still, the expectation within and outside the Warriors is that Klay isn’t leaving.
This is why you don’t hear about any team besides the Lakers gearing up for the Summer of Klay.
The Los Angeles Lakers will try and sign Klay Thompson so that they can pair him next to superstar LeBron James, but it’s highly doubtful Thompson would leave the Warriors to play with James in Los Angeles. The four-time All-Star has said countless times he wants to spend his entire NBA career with Golden State.
In 41 games this year, Thompson is averaging 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free-throw line. Golden State has won two championships in a row and three out of the last four Finals.
All signs point to Thompson and the Warriors winning it all again this season too, so why would Klay want to leave Golden State?