Reports: Warriors planning on giving Thompson max deal
NBA.com Global on Jun 29, 2019 07:46 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 28: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Houston Rockets during Game One of the Western Conference Semi-Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Warriors plan to offer All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million max contract when free agency opens Sunday (Monday, PHL time), reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Golden State Warriors are planning to offer All-Star guard Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million maximum contract when free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET -- which is expected to accelerate the process of general manager Bob Myers and Thompson's agent, Greg Lawrence, quickly reaching a formal agreement, league sources tell ESPN.
Thompson and Lawrence have indicated throughout the past year that the five-time All-Star guard planned to return to the Warriors if offered the full five-year max deal -- and that's on course to happen now, league sources said.
Thompson has had seven straight seasons with at least 200 3-pointers, tied with Stephen Curry for the most in NBA history. He has eight straight seasons of shooting at least 40 percent from beyond the arc, which is the league's second-longest active streak in the NBA behind Curry. His 1,798 career 3s are 16th all time. Thompson, the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft, is a five-time All-Star and two-time third-team All-NBA player averaging 19.5 points and 42 percent 3-point shooting in his career.
Thompson sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of The Finals and is in the midst of a lengthy recovery process. Recovery times vary, but ACL tears typically take roughly six months to rehab, with additional time after that to regain full strength and mobility.
The Warriors can now likely turn their attention to their other star free agent: Kevin Durant.