The Golden State Warriors have reportedly said time and again that they want to keep Klay Thompson and not include him in a potential deal for Kevin Love. If they do keep Thompson, it looks like it's going to cost them a whole lot. From USA Today: The Thompson debate doesn't stop with the defensive element, of course. On the financial front, landing Love would eventually require giving him a max contract that would likely start at approximately $19 million annually (he has indicated he'll opt out of his current deal and become a free agent next summer). Meanwhile, Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, has been seeking a max deal in extension talks with the Warriors as well. And while Golden State would surely prefer that the stance eventually softens and leads to a more palatable deal, the fact that he is younger means a max for Thompson would start at $15.7 million and still allow for more flexibility in the Warriors' future than a Love deal. via Warriors won't overlook defense in Kevin Love talks. A max extension for Thompson, on top of re-signing Love at max should they trade David Lee for him, could push their salaries into the $80 million-plus range, even after sending Lee's $15 million salary out in the deal. That could complicate matters dramatically, depending on the position of Warriors ownership toward the luxury tax.
Warriors' Klay Thompson looking for a max extension
CBS Sports | Jul 20