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Simple as to why Klay Thompson would consider taking a discount

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Simple as to why Klay Thompson would consider taking a discount

Klay Thompson’s willingness to consider a discount on his next contract is but the latest squint into why the Warriors are where they are, leaving the other 29 NBA teams brainstorming in despair.

It’s as simple as Thompson really, really liking where he is.

The reasons are as varied as they are legitimate, and they apply to everyone from Bob Myers and Steve Kerr to Nick Young and Omri Casspi.

It’s the culture that was created by co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, is administered by general manager Bob Myers and is splendidly implemented by coach Steve Kerr.

The culture begins with talent, because it’s innate to every thriving culture. Then there is freedom, appreciation and enthusiasm. And the trust; there has to be trust because trust equates to sincere commitment.

And if the winning is the ultimate clincher, the Bay Area/Silicon Valley geography is a fantastic bonus.

That’s how Thompson can visualize taking less than the maximum contract when he becomes a free agent in July 2019.

Asked on the Warriors Plus/Minus podcast with Marcus Thompson II and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic about the possibility of sacrificing a few million dollars in two years, Klay last Friday said he “probably could,” but maybe not as much as Durant, whose off-court earnings are larger than his salary.

“It’s a blessing whatever contract I sign,” Thompson said. “I would definitely consider it ‘cause I don’t want to lose anybody.”

It’s the culture. Every member of the Warriors realizes no other franchise in the league can offer the combination of workplace comfort, open-minded environment, genuine trust, success on the court and opportunity off it.

It explains why Kevin Durant opted out of his contract to become a free agent and then volunteered to take about $10 million less than he deserves for this season.

It explains why Shaun Livingston, who had played for eight different franchises before landing with the Warriors in 2014, never shopped the market upon becoming a free agent in July. Minutes after the window opened, he agreed to return on a three-year deal, with the third year only partially guaranteed.

“You can’t put a price on happiness,” was Livingston’s response when asked about what might be available elsewhere.

The culture also explains why Stephen Curry -- becoming a free agent in July after profoundly outperforming his previous contract -- actually approached Myers wondering if the team would benefit from him taking less than a max deal he so clearly deserved.

Myers, of course, wasn’t having it. Told Curry he was going to get the full max, no ifs, ands or buts -- even if he was willing to take less.

The Warriors culture is also why, even as he entertained other offers, Andre Iguodala never, in his heart of hearts, wanted to leave. He eventually got precisely what he wanted all along: Three more years in the Bay Area, with a contract that makes him feel appreciated.

Iguodala describes the Warriors culture as healthy, adding that they have a lot of the right people in a lot of the right places. Prior to re-signing in July, Curry spent two years telling anyone who would listen that he was right where he wanted to be. Durant describes the Warriors as “where you go when you graduate” from the remedial qualities of typical NBA teams.

Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area last week that he believes the Warriors have a chance to join the short list of NBA teams to be associated with the term “dynasty.” That is, at the very least, a hint to his long-term personal aspirations.

The Warriors have won 207 games in the three seasons since Kerr arrived. They’ve reached the NBA Finals in all three seasons, winning twice. They’ve opened a season with 24 consecutive victories, on the way winning an NBA-record 73 games. They’ve had an MVP (Curry, twice), a Coach of the Year (Kerr), a Defensive Player of the Year (Draymond Green) and two different Finals MVPs (Iguodala, Durant).

They’ve had two champagne celebrations, followed by championship parades.

As for Thompson, he has had a charmed career, making the playoffs in five of his six NBA seasons. As the Warriors flourish, his brand thrives. He is one of four All-Stars on the most popular team in American sports.

The Warriors during Thompson’s career have been transformed from an NBA wasteland into its most coveted destination. So it is no surprise he’d consider a discount. As the son of a former NBA player, he knows, and has been told, how well he has it.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.