Three 'Strong Suitors' for Klay Thompson Heading Free Agency as Warriors Reportedly Part Ways

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has three strong options open to him as he steps into free agency while his former team part ways. Find out the potential shift for the NBA All-Star.

Published on Jun 30, 2024  |  04:31 PM IST |  89.2K
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Options open for Klay Thompson

The anticipation around Klay Thompson’s contract revival was a chart-topping discussion throughout the NBA Finals. So as the finals are over after the Boston Celtics held the Dallas Mavericks to clinch their 18th NBA Championship title, the Golden State Warriors’ champ is now on the verge of breaking the bank.

As reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, while the Warriors are parting ways with the California-born star, here are the top three strong suitors for Klay Thompson as he is hours away from heading to free agency.

#1. The Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers emerged as a strong suitor for Klay Thompson in free agency. With the potential to generate the full projected $12.9 million mid-level exception, the Lakers have the financial flexibility to make a compelling offer to Thompson.


With the potential to generate the necessary cap space, depending on LeBron James' contract situation, the Lakers could offer Thompson an attractive opportunity to contend for championships alongside established stars. 

#2. The Los Angeles Clippers

The LA Clippers have also positioned themselves as a viable destination for Klay Thompson as he explores free agency. With a competitive roster and the ability to create space for Thompson, the Clippers present an intriguing opportunity for the sharpshooting guard. 

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The prospect of teaming up with players like Paul George and potentially forming a dynamic backcourt could be an enticing proposition for Thompson as he contemplates his future outside of Golden State.

#3. The Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have also demonstrated their interest in Klay Thompson by making moves to free up cap space for a potential offer. Through strategic salary management, the Mavericks have already cleared room to provide Thompson with a lucrative opportunity. 


By clearing cap space through strategic moves, such as the Tim Hardaway Jr. salary dump, the Mavericks have positioned themselves to offer Thompson a significant contract using the full mid-level exception. 

Joining forces with the league’s other rising star Luka Dončić and a well-coached Mavericks team could offer Thompson a chance to make a significant impact and help elevate the team to new heights in the competitive Western Conference.  

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What led to the Warriors-Klay Thompson breakup?

The breakdown of the relationship between the Warriors and Klay Thompson can be traced back to the team's aggressive public recruiting pitch in the hopes of persuading Thompson to re-sign. 

Simultaneously, behind the scenes, the Warriors were exploring a potential trade with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Paul George, signaling a shift in focus away from the veteran core that included Thompson. 


This dual approach of pursuing external options while publicly courting Thompson likely contributed to a sense of neglect or being undervalued on Thompson's part, ultimately leading to strained relations between the player and the organization.


Thompson's reluctance to entertain the Warriors' recruitment efforts, combined with the team's pursuit of other options like Paul George, has potentially created a rift that may result in a departure for the veteran guard. 

The Warriors, recognizing the possibility of losing Thompson and the impact it would have on their roster, are now navigating a delicate situation where they must balance Thompson's desires with their own need for roster stability. 

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