After Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, it left many questions up in the air, both for him and the Golden State Warriors. One discussion which began immediately was how it would impact Thompson’s free agency, but it appears we can now put that topic to rest.
And for all the NBA teams who were set to pursue Thompson in free agency, the Warriors are set to lock him in for the long haul. According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Thompson’s father stated that there’s “no question” he’ll stay with the Warriors.
Beyond that, it appears the Warriors are set to offer Thompson a full five-year max contract, which was also stated previously to the comments made by his father.
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Warriors to Offer Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant Max Contracts
The report of Golden State’s free agency plan first came from Brian Windhorst on ESPN’s First Take. He stated that the team’s intention is to offer both Durant and Thompson five-year max deals.
“It is my understanding in talking to people with the Warriors organization is that their intention is to continue and offer Kevin Durant a full five-year max contract and to offer Klay a full five-year max contract,” Windhorst said.
This is only slightly surprising, and the aspect of Durant being offered a max deal is an interesting piece to note as well. The report also does not mean that Durant will remain with the Warriors beyond this season, as the previously rumblings pointed to his interest in the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
Klay Thompson & Kevin Durant’s FaceTime After Injury
In an interesting story about Thompson’s injury and the postgame outlook by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, she detailed the scene how things transpired in the locker room. One aspect that was especially interesting was the report of a FaceTime call Thompson received from Durant after his knee injury.
While Thompson’s father was there for the call, he wouldn’t offer up much insight into the conversation but did state one small tidbit that stood out, per Shelburne.
“They were encouraging each other to come back strong,” Mychal Thompson said. “They got unfinished business.”
Assuming Thompson does indeed return to the Warriors and Durant opts to do the same, the team would obviously be without both for a decent portion of next year, but the core would remain intact. Should that be the case, then wrapping up the “unfinished business” would still be very much on the table.
It is worth noting that the likelihood of Durant missing the entire 2019-20 season is fairly high, although Thompson should realistically be able to return during the year.