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Despite a torn ACL that will reportedly keep Klay Thompson out of action for nine-to-10 months, the Golden State Warriors are expected to offer Thompson a five-year maximum salary in free agency this summer, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
And there’s “no question” that Thompson will re-sign with the Warriors, former NBA center and Thompson’s father, Mychal Thompson, told Letourneau.
Klay Thompson suffered the ACL injury in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Finals, a loss that resulted in the Raptors’ first championship. He is set to become a free agent this offseason, and while some have suggested he could leave, Mychal Thompson appears to have put that rumor to rest.
A five-year max deal for Thompson would be worth $190 million. The 29-year old shooting guard averaged 21.5 points and 3.5 rebounds during the regular season and along with Steph Curry and Draymond Green, has been part of the Warriors’ core that has reached the Finals five straight times.
But this could be a summer of change for the Warriors, as Kevin Durant was felled by a rupture Achilles’ tendon. Durant, 31, is expected to miss all of next season and is likely to opt out of his contract this summer and also enter free agency.
A return of Durant and Thompson on full max contracts in 2019-20 would highly likely prohibit the Warriors to sign anyone of note in free agency.