The NBA trade deadline passed on February 8 with a number of significant trades. Now, the focus has shifted to the futures of players who are expected to become free agents this summer and next.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s current contract will expire after the 2018-19 season. He could then be free to explore his options outside of the one team he has played for during his entire seven-season NBA career.
If Thompson had his way, he would like to perform for only one team he told Mark Medina of The Mercury News:
“Absolutely,” he said. “Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out.”
Thompson is so hopeful of making it all work that he said last fall, in an interview with The Athletic, he would consider a hometown-discount contract from the Warriors.
Thompson declined to revisit that topic this week. But ever since being drafted by the Warriors in 2011, he has selflessly viewed things through blue-and-gold-colored glasses.
“It’s so far away,” Thompson said of his pending free agency. “Anything I can do to stay with the Warriors is first and foremost. God willing, it happens. If not, I don’t even think about that.”
There will be a lot work needed by the Warriors to meet Thompson’s potential contract demands with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala already on the books following the 2019 season. Oh, by the way the Warriors are likely to face a new contract for Kevin Durant, who has a player option for 2018.
“His future depends on Warriors management and Warriors ownership,” Mychal Thompson said of his son. “He wants to stay there and has no intention of leaving. He has no desire to leave. As long as he’s producing and playing well, he’s hoping the Warriors want him as much as he wants them.”
When Mychal’s quote is relayed to Bob Myers, the Warriors GM said: “That’s a great thing to hear.”
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