Klay Thompson’s future with the Golden State Warriors has been an under-the-radar situation.
Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent after this season but much of the season-long discussion has revolved around teammate Kevin Durant, who also is a free agent.
While it appears Durant is set on leaving the organization, Thompson’s intentions aren’t as obvious.
But Warriors coach Steve Kerr made it clear: He wants to see Thompson back with the team.
“I know that everybody — coaches, management, ownership — everybody wants Klay back,” Kerr told reporters. “I think the feeling is just, Klay wants to be here, we want Klay.”
Thompson has been quiet about the topic but recent speculation hints his decision will be based on money.
If the Warriors offer the five-year, $190 million max contract, Thompson figures to stay and continue his “Splash Brothers” partnership with Stephen Curry as the team moves from Oakland across the bay to San Francisco.
If the offer is lower, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear Thompson listen to other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Loyalty also could come into play as Thompson was drafted in the first round by the Warriors in 2011 and has seen the team go from losers to three-time champions.
“I think it’s just the only thing I’ve known professionally,” Thompson recently told ESPN.
“I saw the dark days and now I’ve seen the glory days. And it’s cool to see the process. You appreciate the work it takes to get there. It’s simple. I just appreciate how long it took to get to the mountaintop.”
The five-time All-Star has a career average of 19.5 points in 615 regular-season games (578 starts) in eight seasons with the Warriors.
Thompson, 29, is struggling in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. He is averaging just 15.3 points on 24-of-62 shooting and is just 8 of 26 from 3-point range.
The series is tied at 2 entering Wednesday’s Game 5.