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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is reportedly still a ‘few million dollars’ away from agreeing to a contract extension with the franchise.
After the Warriors refused to trade Thompson as part of the deal to acquire Kevin Love when he was set to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves, it is understood that both parties are keen on signing a new deal.
Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, recently insisted that he believes the 24-year-old is the “best two-way shooting guard in the league”. While that was arguably just talk to drum up getting his client the best possible deal, it is reported that they are ready to sign a contract extension for the fourth-year guard.
However, it doesn’t appear as though an agreement is forthcoming any time soon, as Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area suggests that there is still a significant gap between the offer and demands.
“But there has been no movement in recent weeks. As of Thursday morning, the sides remain $2-3 million a year apart, according to NBA sources.
“Thompson is seeking a max deal, or something close – at least $15 million per year – while the Warriors, according to sources, hover around $13 million per year.”
Poole added that Minnesota were reportedly prepared to offer Thompson a max deal if he had joined them in the Love deal. As a result, it puts increased pressure on the Warriors to live up to that expectation and hand their guard the deal that he is seeking.
Golden State and Thompson have until October 31 to agree on an extension, with a max deal paying the star around $17m per season for the next five years.
However, with the new TV deal being announced, it is expected to change the landscape of the entire league, with the players rightfully expecting more given the expected rise in the salary cap.