Klay Thompson expects Warriors to cut monster salaries


Golden State Warriors stars Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole celebrate a three-point basket during a game with the Utah Jazz

The Golden State Warriors It is one of the most expensive franchises in the NBA, but even they can’t afford to sign every one of their stars to the maximum contracts.

Aside from the very real possibility that Dubs will have to break up with either of them Jordan Paul or Andrew Wiggins The next offseason, if the team hopes to keep the rest of their core together, at least one of them Klay Thompson or Draymond Green Perhaps they should accept a significant wage cut from what they would have otherwise earned.

steve curry Under a contract for the next four years $215 million the total. Green could choose to withdraw from the final year of his deal next summer, losing more than 27 million dollars In the process and claim the maximum offer. Thompson remains under contract for the next two seasons with annual salaries in excess of $40 million and $43 million, respectively.

The mere timing of their free agencies puts Green in a better position than Thompson. Moreover, Thompson has a more favorable disposition to the opponent than Greene. Thompson also has all the more reason to trust the Warriors to somehow make up for him along the streak considering the history of his last contract with the franchise.

The Warriors paid Klay Thompson huge sums for two lost seasons

Klay Thompson Warriors

GTGolden State Warriors star Klay Thompson prepares before the January 9, 2022 rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brady Kloepfer from SB Nation On Wednesday, September 7, it was suggested that Thompson would likely take a pay cut based on the loyalty the franchise had shown him up to this point in his career.

It’s really hard to say [if Thompson or Green will take pay cuts]Because we don’t know what it will look like when they become free agents. Klay Thompson still has two years left on his deal. Draymond Green has one year, with an option for a second year. Will they be all of the NBA talents on the championship team when they get to free agency? Or will it be a sentimental fan favorite in a team moving into its next era?

Either way, [Thompson] You are more likely to get a big pay cut than [Green]And not just because of reports that Green is seeking a maximum contract and is willing to go outside the organization to find him. First, Thompson has more room to cut wages than Greene. …Second, and more importantly, Thompson’s last decade cared him a great deal.

The Thompson Warriors signed a five-year deal worth ashamed of 190 million dollarshe did just a few weeks after his AFC Champions League rip-off in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors.

Thompson ended up collecting the first half of that decade without playing a regular season game, rupturing his Achilles tendon as he neared the end of his ACL rehab — ultimately leading to two-and-a-half straight years of losing.

Thompson’s sacrifice may keep the Warriors title contenders for years

Carey, Thompson, Green

GT(From left) Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors celebrate their fourth NBA title in June 2022.

Thompson and Green will both turn 33 this season, while Curry will be 35. Locking them all into their late 30s might not sound like the best recipe for long-term success, but it certainly can’t be called completely bad either.

Curry played to MVP level throughout the first half of last season and won the first NBA Finals MVP Awards of his career in June. Green remains the best defender in the league and has a harmony on the field with Curry which is a rarity in the modern game due to increased player mobility.

Thompson seemed a step slower at times after coming back from two catastrophic injuries, but remains the clutch shooter he has always been and the perfect backhand match with Curry in attack. If Thompson jumps toward getting back to his pre-injury level, the Warriors should battle for their fifth title in nine years next season.

Add kevon looney Into the mix for at least three years and either Paul or Wiggins on a free agency contract next summer, and Dubs are well positioned for the future.

This all goes without saying that the Warriors have one of the best groups of young talent in the NBA with a third-year big man. James Wiseman Return from injury, second-year players Jonathan Kuminga And the Moses Modi Leading the mission of youth.