Report: Klay Thompson does not plan on giving Warriors free-agent discount


Report: Klay Thompson does not plan on giving Warriors free-agent discount

Klay Thompson is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

When the two sides begin negotiating, don't expect the Warriors to end up getting a team-friendly deal.

As ESPN's Zach Lowe writes:

"Thompson has no plans to take a discount, and the Warriors don't expect him to, league sources say."

What does this mean, exactly?

Well, if Klay makes one of the three All-NBA teams (he was Third-Team All-NBA in 2015 and 2016), he will be eligible to sign for the "super max" -- which would pay him an estimated $221 million over five years.

If the four-time All-Star is not an All-NBA player, he is still eligible for a 5-year deal worth around $190 million.

Why isn't Klay signing an extension with the Warriors right now? Because based on CBA rules, the max amount allowed would be just north of $102 million over four years (starting in 2019-20).

So yeah -- you can do the math.

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The biggest contract Klay could sign with another team is for about $140 million over four seasons.

As we all know, the Warriors have a lot on the horizon next summer -- Kevin Durant will be a free agent, Draymond Green will also be "super max" eligible if he wins Defensive Player of the Year or is All-NBA, Shaun Livingston only has a partial guarantee, Andre Iguodala will be entering the final year of his deal, Jordan Bell will be a restricted free agent, etc.

They will also become a "repeater tax" team which will increase the luxury tax payments even more.

But as Steve Kerr said on Sunday:

Buckle up and enjoy the ring ceremony tonight...

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What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

During Alen Smailagic's rookie season with the Warriors, he showed flashes as to why Golden State traded two future second-round draft picks (2021 and 2023) to acquire him.

The No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game over 14 appearances.

"His best skill right now -- for a young guy, he's not afraid of the game," Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic last week. "He comes into the game and he's turned on. He makes some good plays.

"That was noticeable this year. His confidence, his savvy, whatever you want to call it. It was pretty impressive."

The 19-year-old has the utmost belief in himself, and doesn't shy away from the bright lights.

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Smailagic believes he already belongs and can have a big impact on the game.

This is an important mindset to possess as it can help when things aren't going your way. And the reality is that Smailagic is far from a finished product.

"He has a ways to go," Adams said. "I think he made great strides this year. He would get in the game and the only thing he thought about was how (he was) going to get the ball into the hoop (laughter). He was just really intent on that. 

"He began to understand the game in a different way. He began to understand the game the way Steve (Kerr) likes the game to be played. I thought he improved defensively."

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It's possible that the 6-foot-10 Serbian is a consistent rotation player next season. The Warriors would be ecstatic if that comes to fruition.

But he might not have a significant role, and he could end up spending a decent amount of time in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

That is all to-be-determined.

"He's a young developing player," Adams said. "And when that's the case, you can never be surprised when things happen more quickly than you think they should in terms of development, and you can't be disappointed when they don't."

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How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

The Warriors know they practically are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Yet they still don't know when the draft -- originally scheduled for June 25 -- actually will take place.

But the latest intel from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is helping us narrow down the date.

The draft typically falls on the first Thursday after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So if we assume the league maintains that format, the Warriors could be making their selections on Oct. 15.

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To reiterate, we are making an assumption here and it's possible the NBA doesn't follow its normal protocol during these very uncertain times. 

But as Woj writes:

The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.

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If we apply the same logic for the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which was slated for May 19 -- you can expect it to be held in mid-September.

We might know all of the specifics as early as Thursday because that's when the NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on the NBA's return-to-play proposal.

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