California – Thursday, Klay Thompson snuck into the interview room with a look that suggested he wouldn’t have much to say. Later, it became evident that the reverse was true.
In this case, Klay clearly had something to say and held back until over 13 minutes had passed before speaking.
When his contract expires in June 2024, he won’t be retiring.
“There’s a report out there . . . I have no intention of retiring in 2024,” he said with conviction and clear annoyance.
“If you write some dumb s–t like that, just be held accountable,” he added. “That’s crazy. Just because I didn’t play 5-on-5 doesn’t mean I’m going to retire. That is absurd. That’s all I got to say.”
Thompson was making reference to remarks made by sportswriter Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle during a guest appearance on KNBR radio on Monday.
Fair enough, Letourneau didn’t specifically indicate Klay would retire. Instead, he offered his perspective on the likelihood.
Letourneau stated that “Klay does have two more years on his deal.” “I for one wouldn’t be surprised if Klay simply gave up playing basketball after that deal expired.
“I don’t think it’s going to be between this season and next season. If he does retire in the near future it would be after his contract ends. He’s had no interest or desire to talk about extensions, even though he is extension eligible right now.”
The five-year, $189 million deal Thompson signed in July 2019—shortly after having his left ACL repaired—has two seasons left. The five-time All-Star will become an unrestricted free agency in July 2024 if he doesn’t sign a contract extension before then.
Thompson, who is currently in his 12th season, has stated numerous times that he wants to play his entire career for the Warriors.
He seems determined to continue working after 2024.