Warriors general manager Bob Myers indicated on Tuesday that the team wants to sign Klay Thompson to a long-term extension, reports Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. Thompson, of course, was famously dangled in trade offers for Kevin Love during the offseason before the Warriors opted against moving him. Myers had the following to say about Thompson and his backcourt mate Stephen Curry:
“We value [Thompson] in the highest way, and we want to keep him on this team for a long time. I think most people believe it to be the best, one of the best backcourts in the NBA, and I don’t think that that’s a minority opinion. I think it’s a majority opinion. That’s part of the team you don’t worry about too much, right? I mean, that part is good, which is hard to find… The two guard in the NBA is a depleted position, so we feel like if we can move forward with those two guys we’re in pretty good shape.”
Thompson is reportedly seeking a max contract and the Warriors have until October 31 to agree on an extension of his rookie-scale contract that would prevent him from hitting restricted free agency next summer. There was an August report that suggested the 24-year-old shooting guard was disgruntled after all the trade rumors, but last week Sam Amick of USA Today spoke to Thompson who pledged his loyalty to his current team.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Amick also reported that Thompson’s agent Bill Duffy values his client as the best two-guard in the NBA, though the USA Today scribe added that the team believes they have budgeted appropriately enough to keep Thompson. More details surrounding negotiations between the Warriors and their star shooting guard are sure to unfold as we near the start of the 2014/15 regular season.