Warriors to offer Thompson max deal at start of free agency

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson averaged better than 21 points during the regular season.

The Golden State Warriors intend to offer Klay Thompson a maximum-level contract of five years and $190 million once free agency opens Sunday evening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Thompson and his agent have indicated the All-Star shooting guard will return to the Warriors if offered the max, Wojnarowski noted. There has been talk that Thompson could grant both the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers meetings in the event the Warriors hedged.

Thompson is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals left the Warriors’ next steps in doubt. He will undergo surgery later this week and Warriors general manager Bob Myers said it’s unclear when Thompson will return.

That said, Thompson’s father, Mychal Thompson, told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that there’s “no question” Klay will re-sign with the Warriors.

The 29-year-old shooting guard averaged 21.5 points and 3.5 rebounds during the regular season and along with Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala has been part of the Warriors’ core that has reached the Finals five straight times.