The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss reported that both the Warriors and the rest of the NBA expect Thompson to stay put in Golden State, where he and Stephen Curry has started to build a dynasty.
From quotes from his dad saying Klay should stay in Golden State, to Klay spending time with Lakers coach Luke Walton this summer. Where will Klay end up this summer?
While Thompson has indicated an interest in remaining a “Warrior for life,” his return cannot just be taken for granted. Still, the expectation within and outside the Warriors is that Klay isn’t leaving. This is why you don’t hear about any team besides the Lakers gearing up for the Summer of Klay.
Lakers coach Luke Walton spent time with Thompson in Qatar this past summer “in what many around the league saw as a part of a soft recruitment,” according to Strauss, and Lakers star LeBron James has shown increased public interest in his longtime adversary, shouting out Thompson’s record-setting 14 3-pointers earlier this season as well as his 43-point effort on Tuesday night. The interest is no secret.
That said, Thompson has given us no indication that he intends to leave the Warriors, doubling down this summer on his commitment to the Warriors. “I would like to be a Warrior for life,” he told The Mercury News’ Mark Medina in August, before telling everyone on media day, “When guys go into free agency, they’re searching for a situation like mine or similar to our team. I’m perfectly content here.”
Mychal Thompson who is Klays father has said, “It makes no sense to leave,” before adding: “Klay wants to stay, he wants to retire as a Golden State Warrior 10 years from now.”
Also note that Thompson seemed pretty annoyed during the KD and Draymond Green beef, could be a reason why Thompson wants out of Golden State.
LeBron…. Klay…. AND Lonzo Ball? ALSO Kyle Kuzma? Josh Hart…. Let’s see what this offseason has in store.