After two straight NBA championships and three in total, the Golden State Warriors are on a tear.
As the greatest dynasty of the late 2010s, the Golden State Warriors have typified success on the back of stifling defense and incredible three-point shooting. Much of the latter of those has been provided by Klay Thompson and his backcourt mate, two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who re-signed a massive max extension last summer and will likely remain with the Warriors for his entire career.
In a recent interview with Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News, Klay also claimed that he wants to end his career as a member of the Golden State Warriors:
“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life. Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career.”
Of course, staying with the Warriors, who are staring down the barrel of a record luxury tax bill in the near future, would likely mean taking an immense contractual discount. When pushed by Medina on that subject, Thompson was noncommittal:
“It’s tough to say,” Thompson said. “I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors.”
Adding fuel to this story was an interview of Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, in the San Francisco Chronicle by Scott Ostler, in which Mychal claimed that Klay will retire in a Golden State Warriors uniform:
“Oh yeah, you can mark it down, Klay’s going to retire in the Warriors’ uniform. He’s going to play at Chase Center (the Warriors upcoming new arena) and he’s not going to be at Chase Center as a visiting player, he’s going to be a Warrior for the next seven or eight years.”
Certainly, Thompson would be wise to stay with the franchise that drafted him in 2011 and has allowed him to flourish — leading to four All-Star game appearances and two All-NBA team showings.
If Thompson is indeed willing to take a discount on his next contract, then there is no reason to believe he won’t stay with one of the greatest teams in recent NBA history.