Joe Lacob says re-signing Klay Thompson remains a priority for the Golden State Warriors in the wake of the torn left ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The five-time All-Star guard could reportedly be out for 10 months after doing serious damage in a 114-110 defeat that sealed a first NBA title for the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
Thompson was seeking a max contract this summer in free agency, but Warriors owner Lacob remains intent on keeping the 29-year-old."I don’t know yet what we're going to do," Lacob told Yahoo Sports. "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."
Although Thompson’s first choice is to re-sign with the Warriors, who drafted him in 2011, he would reportedly consider other teams if obstacles come up,
Before Thompson went down awkwardly after going up for a dunk, he was the best player on the floor in Game 6, scoring a game-high 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, while grabbing five rebounds in 32 minutes.
In eight seasons with Golden State, Thompson has averaged 19.5 points per game.
Just as importantly, he emerged as a vocal leader during the 2019 NBA Finals.
"I'm not going to say anything because the free-agency period isn't here yet," Lacob said. "You know I have the utmost regard for Klay's talent and for him as a person. I'm pretty sure we'll talk this summer, and he'll hopefully be a Warrior for life.”
The free-agent negotiating period begins on June 30.Published 14 Jun 2019, 21:04 IST