After winning the NBA Finals last season, the Golden State Warriors have been champions in four of the last eight seasons. It was an absolutely incredible run led by three elite players – Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
The latter of these three went through the wringer. After tearing his cruciate ligament in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, he tore his Achilles tendon ahead of the 2020-21 season. Finally, last year he returned just in time to help the Warriors get back to the top of the NBA.
For the first time in about three years, Thompson doesn’t have to focus on recovery during the offseason. Instead, he will work on his game and enjoy being a champion again. Thompson shared his appreciation for that fact a recent Instagram story.
“I’m so thankful to have an off-season just to mature again. GOD IS SO GOOD!,” Thompson posted on his story.
During last year’s playoffs, Thompson played in all 22 of Golden State’s games. He averaged 19.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists to 42.9% shots from the field and 38.5% shots from behind the three-point line.
While Thompson will use this offseason to work on his game and enjoy not having to rehab from an injury, some important decisions lie ahead for his future.
Thompson might have to take discount
Over the next two years, Golden State will have to make some tough decisions. With four of their core players due for contract extensions, one of two things will happen – someone will take a discount or the Warriors will lose a crucial piece of their core.
Corresponding Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson of The AthleticThompson is the one warrior who should take an overtime.
“So it’s fitting that Thompson might be the answer to keeping as much of that core as possible,” Slater and Thompson wrote. “The Warriors desperately need someone to take a discount and Thompson makes the most sense. While he should have value due to league shooting demand, his combination of age and recent injury histories limits how much he can command in the open market. He would need this upcoming season to prove he can move like he used to, defend like he used to, shoot efficiently like he used to, to command the top dollar.
And based on a quote from an NBA executive, it might be possible.
Thompson could take discount
Recently, Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney spoke to a Western Conference executive about Thompson and they realized that Thompson might be willing to take advantage of the above discount.
“It’s not that they treated Klay badly – they gave him almost $200 million a few weeks after he tore his cruciate ligament and they knew he was going to be out for a year. Maybe he’d take a big discount to stay, he’s a bit unconventional, I’m not sure if it drives him to get every penny he can get,” the manager said.
So while Thompson enjoys his summer of basketball, future decisions will continue to hover over his head.
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