Klay Thompson not worried about expiring contract, determined to finish career with Warriors

Klay Thompson, who is set to become a free agent next summer, has yet to finalize a contract extension with the Warriors

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is preparing to tip off his 13th season in the NBA this fall, though there’s a bit of an issue for the 33-year-old.

At least, it seems that way.

Thompson is entering the final year of his five-year, nearly $190 million deal with the club and has yet to sign an extension with the Warriors. With Golden State having locked down Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry for the foreseeable future, Thompson appears to be the last piece to that puzzle moving forward. But it’s unclear when that extension will get done, or what it’s going to look like.

While that situation has caused plenty of players grief in the past, Thompson insists he’s not letting it get to him. He’s just happy to still be here.

“It’s not going to be a thing,” Thompson said, via The Athletic. “The fact that I’m going into my 13th season — that alone — it gives me such a peace of mind.

“Granted, I’ve made money. I’ve been able to take care of my family, myself, the people I love. But when I started playing this game, I never once thought I’m playing the game because I’m going to be rich and famous, never did. I played this game because my dad played. I idolized him. My favorite athletes were hoopers … The fact that I’m doing it for a 13th straight season is amazing.”

Klay Thompson headshot
Klay Thompson
SG - GS - #11
2022 - 2023 season

Thompson averaged 21.9 points and shot better than 41% from behind the arc last season, his second back with the Warriors after missing two years with an ACL and Achilles injury. The five-time All-Star made 301 shots from the 3-point line last season, which made him just the third player in history to do so, and he’s made the fourth-most 3-pointers in the league since he was selected by the Warriors with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Thompson is undoubtedly a major piece of the Warriors' dynasty that brought them four titles and six NBA Finals appearances over the past nine seasons.

Thompson is now in the back half of his career. As an unrestricted free agent next summer, he could absolutely generate significant interest outside of the Bay Area — and likely find a deal to pay him more than the Warriors are willing to.

The idea of leaving Golden State to finish his career elsewhere, however, isn’t a thing. He’s here until the end.

“I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else,” Thompson said, via The Athletic. “To play for one franchise, man? That’s so rare, in any sport … It’s some real legendary stuff. Even what Udonis Haslem did, he’s revered in Miami, locally. That’s what I cherish … I was here before the banners were hung up. So in a way, it’s our baby. You want to ride it out. I’ve just been so lucky to be a part of this franchise. It’d be so hard to envision myself in another uniform.”