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During last year's playoffs, it sounded like Klay Thompson was seriously considering signing in extension with the Warriors once the season came to an end.
The reported deal would have paid him about $ 102 million over four seasons – starting in 2019-20. In the end, no deal was struck and the three-time champion will become an unrestricted free agent in July
Why did Klay go this route? Well, back in mid-October, we learned that it was made as much money as possible from Golden State.
As ESPN's Zach Lowe reported, "Thompson has no plans to take a discount, and the Warriors don't expect him to, league sources say. "
So how or why did his mindset change? Mark Medina of The Bay Area News recently reported that the five-time All-Star is seeking a max deal for several reasons:
In other words, Klay believes he is worth the max – he's right – and
Just ask Joe Lacob.
"We can do whatever we want (financially)," the Warriors' CEO told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "And you should expect that that is not going to be a reason this team… does not go great going forward. We have the capital to pay our players what they deserve. And we will. ”
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As Klay's father, Mychal, said back in early November – There is no really a back-and-forth between Klay's agent and the franchise.
"The money thing is basically set in stone. Everybody knows what the salary cap is, everybody knows what a player of Klay's caliber and tenure in the league is supposed to be on his next deal.
"So basically, there's no need to negotiate – everybody's number is set because of the salary cap rules." That number for Klay is about $ 190 million over five years.
Assuming Joe Lacob is true to his word, Klay will be a very rich man in July.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. @DrewShiller