Report Reveals Relationship Between Klay and Owner Joe Lacob Under Strain

As per NBA expert Sam Amick from The Athletic, there’s tension between Klay Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob. This strain stems from contract talks, especially since Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Lacob opted against extending Thompson’s contract this season, contributing to the strained relationship.

“Thompson understood that he’d likely need to wait until his free agency this summer, considering Lacob’s well-known desire to minimize luxury tax implications. This approach meant letting the roster situation evolve before committing to more salary. However, it’s evident that their relationship has faced challenges, as league sources suggest Thompson hasn’t received assurances from the team’s leadership about their mutual commitment to his long-term future with the Warriors. Both parties seem uncertain about what lies ahead when the time for decisions arrives.”

Thompson, renowned as one of the NBA’s top shooters, is maintaining impressive stats this season, averaging 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He’s shooting at 42.0% from the field, 37.8% from beyond the arc, and an exceptional 92.2% from the foul line.

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NBA reporter Kendra Andrews from ESPN suggests that Thompson is open to re-signing with the Warriors this offseason, potentially on a short-term contract.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr disclosed to Andrews that Thompson expressed frustration when removed from the starting lineup, but later apologized to Kerr and the assistant coaches after cooling down.

Recently, Kerr inked a two-year extension with the Warriors, extending his tenure through the 2025-26 season, coinciding with the remaining years on Stephen Curry’s contract. Andrews suggests that aligning Thompson’s deal with Curry and Kerr’s timelines could be a feasible option.





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