Warriors realize Klay Thompson's skill, fit, heart worthy of max contract

Warriors realize Klay Thompson's skill, fit, heart worthy of max contract

Imagine the Warriors’ brain trust sitting in a conference room discussing free agency plans. They debate needs, which players to target, how much money to spend and length of contract.

They also ask the most important question of all: How will he fit in our culture?

Klay Thompson fits like a perfect pair of sunglasses.

The kind of shades that, if they were lost, would be so badly missed that it would result in forming a search party with the mission of finding an exact duplicate.

There never was a moment’s doubt that the Warriors would do all they could to retain Thompson. CEO Joe Lacob and chief partner Peter Guber haven’t pushed the franchise to unprecedented heights by skimping on the talent.

When it was time, two years ago, to pay Stephen Curry the supermax, negotiation was not required.

The same applies now that it’s time to pay Thompson the max. The Warriors, according to league sources, will offer $190 million because it’s the surest way to keep the All-Star shooting guard with the franchise for another five years.

Agreeing to sign, probably on the first available day (July 6), is an easy call for Klay, who has expressed a desire to spend his entire career with the only organization he has ever known.

In the years since they drafted Thompson 11th overall in 2012, the Warriors have come to know him as redoubtable and reliable, with the skills and passion to excel on offense and defense. His two head coaches in the NBA, Mark Jackson and Steve Kerr, both describe Thompson as zero maintenance.

There never have been questions about Thompson’s dedication, the perfect illustration of which came in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, when he tore his left ACL and tried to jog it away in hopes of returning to the game.

On such an accomplished squad, with so many stars, some of whom put forth conditions, Thompson asks only a chance to play. Great teams place a value on that.

There are times when he lives up to his reputation of being “thirsty” for shots, but the Warriors have learned to live with that, knowing that a Klay Thompson scoring binge is like nothing else in the league, breathtaking and mesmerizing, automation in human form.

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Thompson’s injury, which will require at least eight months of rehab, changed nothing from the Warriors’ point of view. They already had decided to offer the max, and they weren’t about to renege in front of that locker room or in this league. The commitment stayed in place.

The same soon will be said of Thompson. He’ll be a Warrior for the foreseeable future. As he wanted and deserves. The professional element of life gets no better than receiving the highest salary available in the workplace of one’s choice.

Who Warriors fans think Steph Curry should team up with in 'The Match'

Who Warriors fans think Steph Curry should team up with in 'The Match'

Sunday’s “The Match” featuring Bay Area native Tom Brady, former NFL MVP Peyton Manning and PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson seemed to be a smashing success for the sport of golf. Not only was $20 million raised for coronavirus relief in the United States, but sports fans were glued to their televisions to watch golf, something the sport forever has struggled with.

Warriors star Steph Curry tweeted during the event that he wanted to participate in the next iteration of the “The Match.” So we asked, who would Warriors fans like to see Steph team up with the next time this event is organized and got some interesting responses.

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John Daly no doubt would be an interesting partner for Curry, but the two aren’t likely to be a match made in heaven. Daly’s partying and off-the-course exploits were infamous during his days on the tour, something Curry never has gotten wrapped up in.

Another commenter mentioned Jordan Spieth, who is a fellow Under Armour athlete with Curry. These two likely have played together numerous times over the years, and Spieth has been known to provide a good sound byte.

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Another name to consider would be Justin Thomas, the No. 4 player in the world. Thomas joined the TNT telecast for Sunday’s event and was a great on-course reporter, including this somewhat-NSFW dig at Charles Barkley.

Thomas and Curry together would provide some incredible laughs.

Whoever it is, having Steph mic’d up for an entire 18 holes should make for some incredible content.

Ex-Warrior Andrew Bogut not retiring yet but won't re-sign with Sydney

Ex-Warrior Andrew Bogut not retiring yet but won't re-sign with Sydney

Back in mid-April, former Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he would make a decision on his basketball future in May.

With a handful of days left in May, Bogut has made a decision.

Sort of.

The 35-year-old Australian tweeted a statement Sunday and said he won't re-sign with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League right now, or any other professional basketball team for that matter.

Bogut made it clear that it wasn't a "retirement note." He said due to the uncertainty surrounding sports because of the global coronavirus pandemic, it was too difficult to make a decision right now.

He also did mention that he hopes to be back on a basketball in the "near future."

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Bogut last appeared on an NBA court in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.

Since then, he had been play with Sydney before the pandemic forced all sports leagues to pause their seasons. Bogut was averaging 8.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes over 25 games for Sydney.

For now, Bogut will let his body rest and spend time with his family.

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If the former No. 1 overall pick decides later not to play another professional basketball game, he leaves the sport with a decorated NBA career: Champion, an All-NBA Third Team selection, and an All-Defensive Second Team selection.