'Klay wants to be here, we want Klay': Steve Kerr, Warriors aren't worried about free agency

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/golden-state/" data-ylk="slk:Golden State Warriors">Golden State Warriors</a> guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4892/" data-ylk="slk:Klay Thompson">Klay Thompson</a> (11) talks with head coach Steve Kerr against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/cleveland/" data-ylk="slk:Cleveland Cavaliers">Cleveland Cavaliers</a> during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Cleveland won 115-101. (AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) talks with head coach Steve Kerr against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Cleveland won 115-101. (AP)

The Golden State Warriors have decisions to make this offseason whether they secure another ring or not. The major conversation has been around Kevin Durant — he’s expected to leave the Warriors and join the New York Knicks — yet Klay Thompson is also entering free agency.

Warriors aren’t worried about Thompson

Coaches and players had glowing words for Thompson in an ESPN article by Nick FriedellRumors swirled this week by media personalities that Thompson is unhappy, is tired of getting “crumbs” and the Warriors should prioritize him over Durant.

Thompson, who has spent all eight of his NBA seasons with Golden State and won three titles, doesn’t push the free agency chatter and the team isn’t concerned about losing him.

Kerr told ESPN:

"I know that everybody -- coaches, management, ownership -- everybody wants Klay back. I think the feeling is just, Klay wants to be here, we want Klay."

The coach called him a rock and a foundational piece of the team. Warriors teammate Draymond Green highlighted Thompson’s yearn to stay out of the spotlight instead of shine in it. And the ESPN report made note of the respect between the team and the player over the years as a reason there’s confidence a deal will be met.

Seismic shift vs. expectations

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN indicated a “seismic change” expected to come to the Warriors. That’s a given since Durant will almost certainly leave. Wojnarowski also threw in a piece about Thompson and a five-year, $190 million max deal.

If not, “watch not for the Lakers, then, but the Clippers,” he noted.

The Warriors were expected to re-sign Thompson as early as January, and last August he straight up told the Mercury News, “I would like to be a Warrior for life.”

Thompson, one-half of the Splash Brothers with Stephen Curry, averages 19.5 points per game over his career in a lineup of superstars.

Questions around Warriors

The Warriors are in a tied series with the Houston Rockets in the Western conference and could likely not care less about the question marks regarding their team for next year.

They’re still favorites in Vegas, though they’re in a “middle ground” as contracts get sorted out. As for the Knicks, their expectations are soaring given the idea Durant and Kyrie Irving will sign with the beleaguered team this July.

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