Thompson: ‘I would like to be a Warrior for life’

Klay Thompson will become a free-agent in 2019.

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, who is currently under contract through the 2018-19 season, is due to make $18.9 million next year and will become an unrestricted free-agent in the summer of 2019.

Thompson has consistently said in the past he wants to retire with the Warriors, and the sharpshooter reiterated that this weekend at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament.

“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life,” Thompson told the Bay Area News Group before hosting a party at Hotel Vitale as a prelude to his first annual Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament on Sunday at TPC Harding Park. “Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career.”

If Thompson were to sign an extension this summer with the Warriors, the All-Star would cost himself close to $86 million. Signing an extension this offseason wouldn’t be the smart move for Thompson, as he would make roughly $102 million over the next five years. While that’s a nice dollar figure, if Thompson waited until next summer, he would be looking at a max contract starting around $188 million.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers said in July that he’s confident the franchise will be able to afford a roster and luxury tax bill that hits $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 to the organization.

Would Thompson be open to taking a discount to stay with the Warriors? “It’s tough to say,” Thompson said. “I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free-agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors.”

The Warriors have 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 42.2 percent from three.