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Warriors prepare to lose Klay Thompson

Warriors prepare to lose Klay Thompson

Of Klay Thompson just 24 hours away from reaching unrestricted free agency, the Warriors are preparing to lose their stalwart marksman and four-time NBA champion, league sources tell Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

According to Charania and Slater, the Warriors and Thompson haven’t had much contact lately, and the team hasn’t made him a formal contract offer since the exclusive negotiating period following the NBA Finals.

The club has expressed interest in returning the five-time All-Star after other matters were resolved, including figuring out what to do with him. Chris Paulus and his non-guaranteed $30 million expiring salary. Thompson’s side, however, believes Golden State’s interest in a reunion has been “unfair,” according to the duo, per The Athletic.

That’s why the 34-year-old is determined to find a new home, league sources told Charania and Slater, with both parties believing their 13-year partnership will soon come to an end.

The Lakers, Hair clippersAnd Nonconformists They are expected to be among Thompson’s top candidates, though all three teams are expected to be over the cap and would have to negotiate a sign-and-trade. Golden State has been open to the idea of ​​such a deal to maximize Thompson’s earning potential, sources tell The Athletic.

Several clubs with cap room are also expected to be in the mix, Charania and Slater said. Sixes And Magic are among the teams with salary cap space that have been linked to the Warrior in recent days.

Marc Stein, who reported Friday evening that there is “strong” mutual interest between Thompson and the Mavericks, tweets That The Bron James hopes the Lakers can make an attempt to challenge Dallas for the veteran swingman.