Thompson has been a key cog in Golden State’s remarkable run that has resulted in five consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including three championships. He is expected to receive a full max contract offer from the Warriors worth $190 million over five years, despite the fact he could miss all of the 2019-20 season after injuring his knee on a breakaway dunk in Thursday’s decisive Game 6. He scored 30 points in 32 minutes before leaving late in the third quarter with the Warriors leading by five.
Thompson, who averaged 20.7 points this postseason, is expected to miss nine to 10 months, according to a Yahoo Sports report. Still, Warriors owner Joe Lacob insists bringing back Thompson a top offseason priority.
"I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned,” Lacob told Yahoo Sports.
Durant, whose upcoming free agency dominated conversation for much of the season and then got murkier when he went down in Game 5, will reportedly receive a max contract offer of five years and $221 million from Golden State. He could also opt into a one-year, 31.5 million deal to stay with the Warriors and rehab under their watch.
If both players accept their max offers, Golden State’s payroll would exceed $350 million as they move into the sterling new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.