Assessing Klay Thompson’s performance this season reveals that, while he has had some standout moments, overall he has been good but not exceptional. His average of 15.7 points per game and 36.1% shooting from 3 are solid but not dazzling, compounded by a decline in his defensive abilities. This makes it challenging for the Warriors to negotiate a contract extension with him. The question arises: what value does he bring to the team moving forward? Despite his willingness to take a pay cut from his current $43.2 million salary, determining his new worth is a complex task.
From an external perspective, this situation suggests the possibility of a team trading an aging player while they still can. However, would the 9-11 Warriors seriously contemplate trading one of their core stars? According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the answer is no, as he stated in his latest Lowe Post Podcast.
“I’ve had four executives from other teams in the last 72 hours ask me, ‘Would they ever trade Klay Thompson?’ And the reason they’re asking is because teams see somewhat of an opportunity there. In terms of, ‘Can we get involved in a deal? Would they have to attach an asset to trade Klay Thompson if they want to get meaningful win-now talent with multiple years left on their contract in exchange for Klay Thompson?…
“To be clear, the Warriors do not want to trade Klay Thompson. They have no desire to do it. I would bet heavily against it ever happening.”
The only scenario in which Thompson, Stephen Curry, or Draymond Green would be traded is if they themselves demand it, which seems unlikely. While Curry and Green have secured new deals, the Warriors are negotiating with Thompson while also seeking to reduce their tax bill due to the new second apron in the CBA. This presents a delicate balancing act.
The Warriors are fully committed to their core group this season, which has brought them four championships. Internally, they believe that with the right pieces falling into place — including Andrew Wiggins improving his performance — they can compete in a Western Conference where Denver appears strong, but where other teams pose less of a threat. Golden State sees a potential path forward.
The outcome of Thompson’s contract negotiations this summer will certainly be captivating.
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