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Warriors Expect Klay Thompson to Depart in NBA Free Agency

Warriors Expect Klay Thompson to Depart in NBA Free Agency

Highlights

  • The Golden State Warriors are preparing for Klay Thompson to leave as a free agent.
  • Thompson’s departure would break up the core of one of the NBA’s most storied dynasties.
  • Despite his decline in recent years, Thompson’s experience and skills make him a valuable asset to other teams.



It seems like this is the end of an era for the Golden State Warriors.

According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, “the Warriors are preparing to lose sharpshooter Klay Thompson in free agency.

“Thompson and the Warriors have had virtually no communication since the negotiating period for existing free agents began nearly two weeks ago, and no offer has been made, team and league sources said. The Warriors, after other matters, wanted to move back and forth. But he’s not expected to wait around as a willing secondary priority in their summer plan because his side feels the Warriors’ interest in a reunion has been unfair.” — Shams Charania, via The Athletic

Should Thompson ultimately leave the Warriors, it would officially break the core of a franchise that built the greatest dynasty of the past two decades of NBA basketball. Thompson, along with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, won four NBA titles in an eight-year span and represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals five years in a row from 2015 to 2019.


Klay Thompson — Golden State Warriors Career Stats

Category

Statistics

GP

793

PTS

15,531

3:00 p.m.

2,481

3P%

41.3%

Thompson’s departure doesn’t come as a total shock. Although the Warriors have extended Curry and Green in recent years, Thompson’s deal never materialized, although negotiations with Golden State did take place over the past two years.

Thompson has also seen his performance decline in recent years since returning from missing two full seasons due to injury. During his first eight seasons in the NBA, Thompson never shot below 40 percent from beyond the arc over the course of a season. Since returning to the court in 2021, Thompson has only cracked 40 percent once in three years.


The Warriors are, in a sense, trying to rebuild the plane in the sky and trying to keep pace in a Western Conference that has undoubtedly overtaken them since their dominant run that began with Curry’s rise to superstardom. Thompson simply doesn’t fit into the plan anymore.


Thompson should still have options about where he lands

Even with a slight dip in production, Thompson could be a valuable player for a franchise looking to make a run for it.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

While it’s hard to imagine Thompson in any other jersey after spending the first 13 years of his NBA career wearing one for the Warriors, there should be no shortage of interest in a player of Thompson’s quality.

Even with his slight drop in shooting, he’s still coming off a year in which he averaged 17.9 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting from three. Wing players who can be trusted to knock down big shots never look long for work in the modern NBA.


Furthermore, Thompson’s playoff and championship experience will likely be seen as a tremendous value in a league full of young teams looking to score.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic all come to mind as potential teams looking for a player with both Thompson’s skills and experience. Additionally, teams with veterans looking to make a leap from good to great, like the Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76ers, would also likely at least kick the tires on a potential deal to land Thompson.

Regardless of where Thompson ends up, it will be shocking to see him playing for a new team this fall.

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