Klay Thompson has made it abundantly clear that, despite the attention he would command on the open market, he would like to remain a member of the Warriors.
His loyalty to Golden State has never wavered, but if he senses that the Warriors may not be completely faithful to him this offseason, then Klay will reportedly look towards the Clippers.
If Thompson doesn't have a max contract offer waiting for him when free agency kicks off the evening of June 30, then he's willing to take a trip to SoCal to visit with the Clippers in LA.
Thompson was the 11th overall pick by the Warriors in the 2011 draft, and is an integral component to the homegrown core that has since expanded to dominate the NBA for the last half-decade. His commitment to the Warriors has remained strong and he has stated that if a max offer comes from GM Bob Myers then he will immediately sign.
But if the Warriors fumble this opportunity to extend Klay, or opt not to due to his torn ACL, the Clippers will reportedly become the beneficiaries, as Thompson would be open to meeting with them. Los Angeles was a surprise team last season, and the addition of Thompson would make them a true threat in the West.
Andre Iguodala says Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will re-sign with the Warriors and "nobody's going to the Knicks, sorry"— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) June 24, 2019
Teammate Andre Iguodala does not think Klay is going anywhere, and neither does much of the media landscape. But stranger things have happened in the NBA, and with Thompson in the drivers seat of the negotiations, the Clippers could be put in a franchise altering scenario this free agency.