Klay Thompson wants a max contract from Golden State Warriors in free agency
The Warriors sharp shooter has reportedly revealed that he would like to stay with Golden State regardless if Durant leaves or not, and he wants tat max contract of roughly $190 million over five seasons.
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 4, 2019
According to The Athletic, the Warriors currently have a $144 million payroll and owe over $68 million in luxury tax penalties because they are over the threshold of $123 million.
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.”
Mark Medina of The Bay Area News Group explained that the five-time All-Star is seeking a max deal for several reasons:
He cemented a key role in the Warriors’ three title runs in the past four years. He does not complain about his role that Stephen Curry and Durant often overshadow. And even if Durant leaves this summer, any paycut Thompson accepts would most likely lessen the Warriors’ luxury tax bill than help them sign another player.
Klay believes he is worth the max, and he’ll most likely get it from someone
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