Warriors reportedly won’t offer Klay Thompson contract extension

Over the years, maintaining the Golden State Warriors’ core has been an incredible feat of cap gymnastics. To maintain the Warriors dynasty, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson have all received substantial compensation.

However, there are concerns about whether the Warriors and Thompson would reach an agreement on a contract extension this season given that Thompson is entering the final year of his $189 million deal.

Thompson would have to take a big wage cut, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, who was speaking on a June 30 episode of the HoopsHype podcast. Instead, Slater anticipates the Warriors guard to place his faith in his ability to perform well in the upcoming season in order to earn another sizable salary.

“As far as an extension this summer, Thompson would have to take a pretty obvious pay cut,” Slater said. “He’s making $43 million right now. I don’t know how low of a number we’re talking about yet. My expectation is probably something doesn’t get done because Thompson believes, and we know how confident he is in his shot-making ability, that he can go and play himself into more money this year…I’d think the Wiggins extension type of numbers. That seems somewhat reasonable for what Klay is still giving as a shooter. He led the NBA in made threes last year (301).”

Thompson finished the previous campaign averaging 21.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 41.2% from 3-point range and 43.6% overall. The Warriors will probably make sure Thompson receives another salary if he can maintain his current level of production in the upcoming campaign, especially if his efforts help Golden State win another championship.





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