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DANIEL: What’s next for first-time free agent Klay Thompson?

Thompson has options including, Warriors, Lakers
Klay Thompson speaks at a press conference after having his jersey retired at Saturday’s men’s basketball game against OSU at Beasley Coliseum.

Wazzu legend Klay Thompson is slated to be a free agent and has struggled since coming back from his back-to-back season-ending injuries.

In what could have been his last game with the Warriors, he played 30+ minutes and scored 0 points with 10+ shot attempts in an elimination game with a chance for the playoffs on the line. Users online speculate that due his inconsistencies, the Warriors may be reluctant to bring him back unless it is on a team-friendly deal. While others believe he will command a large audience willing to overpay for his shooting abilities,

This past season was a difficult one for Thompson. His numbers across the board were down, not an ideal performance for someone in a contract year. His last deal was a five-year, $190 million contract, averaging $38 million a year. After this year, I would expect him to get about half of that and more in the $18–24 million dollar range.

Klay has a slew of options, the three most prominent of which are: re-sign on a team-friendly deal and continue to grow his legacy with the Golden State Warriors, or he can go to where his father’s legacy was and try to recreate it with the Los Angeles Lakers. Another route is for a playoff contender who needs a shooter to throw a boatload of money at him.

The Lakers route has been the topic of discussion around Klay since LeBron James arrived in LA due to his love of playing with shooters and Thompson’s dad’s legacy. Another team that has been linked to potentially being in the sweepstakes is the Orlando Magic, who have a young and up-and-coming team that captured the No. 5 seed in the playoffs and might just need that savvy vet with championship experience.

Golden State has been adamant about wanting Klay back and wanting to keep the core trio of Curry, Klay and Green. After this past season, major roster adjustments need to be made, and I am not sure if having three players combined for over $100 million of your cap space is the right move. Not even mentioning Chris Paul, who is making around $30 million himself. Overall, I would want to see Thompson back with the Warriors on a friendly contract and make another run for a championship.

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Ibrahim Daniel is a multimedia broadcasting major, he is a die hard Seahawks fan. Ibrahim became a writer for the Daily Evergreen in spring 2024. A career goal of his is to be the next Stephen A. Smith, as well as to be an NFL General Manager one day.
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Oliver is a senior Public Relations Major from Spokane, WA. He has worked previously as head and assistant photo editor. He currently works as the photo editor. Oliver can be contacted at (509) 847-5174 or by email at [email protected]

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  • AleuApr 25, 2024 at 10:05 am

    I would have like to see more statistics great read however their was a little more personal bias then I would like. PS I could tell you’re a warrior fan.