With many NBA teams shedding salary and preparing for the 2019 offseason, one marquee free agent apparently does not want to hit the market. While a lot can change over the course of the basketball season, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson emphasized his desire to remain with the organization for the rest of his career.
Thompson was drafted by the Warriors after a standout career at Washington State, and both he and his father, former NBA star Mychal Thompson, reiterated his plans to stay with Golden State.
“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life,” Thompson told the Bay Area News Group. “Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career.”
Thompson has become a key target of teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, who have opened up a significant amount of cap space. Thompson is often mentioned with the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving–all of whom will be eligible for free agency next summer.
Thompson has teamed with two-time MVP Stephen Curry to form the league’s most potent backcourt. A three-time champion, Thompson averaged 20.5 PPG and 3.8 RPG in 2017-18.
Although Thompson would like to remain with the Warriors, the organization will eventually need some creative bookmaking to keep all four of the core players in the fold. Curry has already inked his supermax contract, and Kevin Durant and Draymond Green will also need new deals in the future.
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