It appears ever more clear that Klay Thompson will be back in the Bay in 2020.
He and the Warriors “plan to reach” an agreement on a five-year, $190 million maximum deal Sunday when Golden State front office executives visit Thompson in Los Angeles, according to NBA insider Shams Charania.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said after Golden State’s NBA Finals defeat that the team would offer maximum contracts to both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. Ever since that statement, reports have suggested that Thompson would be returning to Golden State.
Still, Charania’s report Saturday is the firmest language yet that the deal will be done.
Thompson will miss much of the 2019-20 season with the torn ACL he suffered in Game 6.
The last image Warriors fans have of Thompson on the court is him returning from the Oracle Arena tunnel after that injury to hit two free throws, then try to stay in the game on defense. It was absolutely hair-raising stuff, and that moment just further cemented how connected many Warriors fans feel to Thompson.
Come Sunday, barring a last-minute change of heart, he’ll be around five more years for moments like that.
After tearing his ACL, Klay Thompson came back onto the court to hit two free throws pic.twitter.com/dyUEcpFm4R
— ESPN (@espn) June 14, 2019