On Friday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors announced that they have agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension with shooting guard Klay Thompson. Golden State had until midnight on Friday to agree to an extension with the sharpshooting Thompson or he would’ve become a restricted free agent next summer.
In a press release issued on Friday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers spoke about how excited he was to see Thompson remaining with Golden State for the foreseeable future.
We’re excited to have one of the top young players in the NBA under contract for the next several years.Our ownership group continues to demonstrate the commitment necessary to build a championship caliber team and we anticipate that Klay Thompson will play a major role in our future success and accomplishments, both on the floor and in the Bay Area community.
Thompson, 24, said he was “extremely thankful” for the newly inked deal.
It’s hard for me to express how excited and happy I am to know that I will be playing in front of the best fans in the NBA for a long time. This team, under this ownership group and with this collection of players, has an incredibly bright future. I could not ask for a better situation and am extremely thankful.
Several of Thompson’s teammates took to Twitter to congratulate the former Washington State attendee.
S/O @KlayThompson getting that extension! Happy for you bro. Well deserved. Splash bros continue
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 31, 2014
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) October 31, 2014
Yes sir @KlayThompson !!!!!
— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) October 31, 2014
Golden State’s refusal to include Klay Thompson in any trade talks involving Kevin Love baffled many, but it’s obvious that the Warriors believe Thompson and Stephen Curry, a duo hailed as the best backcourt in the league, are the future in the Bay Area.
Klay Thompson, selected with the 11th overall pick by Golden State in the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last year for the Warriors. He was second in the league in made three-point field goals, only trailing teammate Stephen Curry.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com was the first to announce Thompson’s new deal.