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NBA Free Agency Predictions for Klay Thompson

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Sharpshooting Klay Thompson has long been a core piece of the Golden State Warriors' dynasty, but this summer, he hits the open market. Are the Dubs destined to retain him, or will he be lured by the bright lights of another city? His ACL injury in the NBA Finals is a serious wild card, so keep an eye on these four teams as things heat up.

4. San Antonio Spurs

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors and LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs go for a loose ball during Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Two | Ezra Shaw

This would be an interesting option simply because the Spurs are a team built upon teamwork and ball movement, and Klay is such a shoot-first guard. He the personality to thrive under Gregg Popovich, and he would perhaps become the team's most dangerous scoring option if he went there-- but there won't be any buzz on this front unless the team moves on from DeMar DeRozan first.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 18:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his blocked shot in front of Landry Shamet #20 of the LA Clippers during a 132-105 Warriors win during Game Two of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Three | Harry How

The buzz around the Lakers never ceases, but not enough fans are recognizing the other team that plays in the Staples Center for just how dangerous they could be. Despite being overshadowed by the Lake Show, the Clippers are largely expected to be major players for a big name free agent this season, and Klay may end up being that guy depending on how things shake out with Kawhi Leonard.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers | Yong Teck Lim

Of the six most treasured free agents, Thompson is the one the Lakers have been linked with most frequently. His play style perfectly meshes with that of an ace passer like LeBron James, and with LA's recent acquisition of Anthony Davis, the Lakers truly are Klay's most enticing option outside of Golden State. He gives them the three-point excellence they sorely lacked last season, and it doesn't hurt that his father, Mychal, won back-to-back titles with them in the 1980s.

1. Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six | Ezra Shaw

Like Kevin Durant, Klay's major injury makes a return to Golden State the most likely option. They can offer him the most money, and are permitted to go over the salary cap to pay him. He's already won three with the Warriors, and frankly, he really doesn't have a strong reason to leave. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.