Warriors and Klay Thompson Agree to Max Deal
Despite being thrown into Kevin Love trade rumors over the summer, Klay Thompson never flinched. It seems he and his camp knew he’d be with the Golden State Warriors for years to come.
Whether that was the case or not doesn’t matter, as Thompson officially agreed to a new max deal with the Warriors on Friday. The two sides reportedly hammered out a new four-year extension that will pay one of the “Splash Brothers” $70 million and also holds no opt out clauses for either Thompson or the team.
It’s a massive signing just one game into the 2014-15 NBA season, as it keeps one of the Warriors’ best players in town for the next several years. More importantly, it eliminates a lame duck 2015-16 season that would have had Thompson riding out the final year of his deal. Should that have happened, Thompson would have hit free agency and could have potentially left for greener pastures. That’s not something Golden State could afford to happen.
Keeping Thompson coincides with fellow star guard Stephen Curry sticking around, as his current deal has him signed through the 2016-17 season. The Warriors will probably have to worry about retaining Curry within the next year, as well, but for the next three seasons they know they have one of the best back courts in the entire league.
Offering more than just elite outside shooting at this point in his career, the 24-year old Thompson has morphed himself into a versatile offensive threat. In fact, Thompson has proven to be invaluable, as he has also turned into a quality defender on the other side of the ball.
More pressure will understandably come with a new max deal, but it already appears Thompson is ready for it. Able to raise his scoring average each year since coming into the league in 2011, Thompson continues to elevate his level of play and could easily be in for his best season yet.
Thompson’s individual performance is key for him proving he’s worth the big pay day, but Golden State signed him to an extension because they knew he was a piece worth keeping and a part of something that could be special. Without Thompson, the Warriors lose a defensive edge and take a hit in their outside shooting. With him locked down for the next several seasons, they know they can compete at a high level in a tough Western Conference. Before long, we might see these Warriors taking a trip to the NBA Finals.
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