The Golden State Warriors and shooting guard Klay Thompson have yet to reach a deal that would keep one half of the Splash Brothers tandem in Golden State long term, and according to CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole, the two sides are a few million dollars apart from agreement:
The Warriors have 22 days to preemptively deliver a contract extension that will keep Klay Thompson with the franchise for at least another five years.
But there has been no movement in recent weeks. As of Thursday morning, the sides remain $2-3 million a year apart, according to NBA sources.
Thompson is seeking out a max deal, which apparently would have been available to him had the Warriors pulled the trigger on their proposed trade for Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. Thompson and his agent Bill Duffy are looking for something around $15 million per year while the Warriors, according to sources, are sticking around $13 million per.
The assumption is that Warriors GM Joe Lacob is looking to avoid paying the luxury tax next season. Thompson can re-sign with Golden State before the deadline in the next 20 days or explore restricted free agency next summer. We should know sooner than later how soon and how badly Lacob wants to lock in Thompson.