Report: Warriors, Thompson agree to four-year extension – NBA.com

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors and shooting guard Klay Thompson have agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made, also said there is no opt-out clause for either side. Thompson and the team had until the end of Friday to get a deal done or Thompson could become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would’ve had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed.

Golden State drafted Thompson out of Washington State with the 11th overall pick in 2011. He has become one of the NBA’s top two-way guards and teamed with fellow “Splash Brothers” star Stephen Curry to form one of the league’s best backcourts.

Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season, helping the Warriors reach the playoffs for the second straight year. He shot 44.4 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from 3-point range.

The Warriors refused to include Thompson in any trade talks with Minnesota for Kevin Love this offseason, believing all along that he and Curry could carry them to a title on their streaky shooting strokes. Thompson began to validate the decision over the summer, dazzling during the FIBA World Cup in Spain with Curry to help the U.S. win gold.

The payday will put more expectations on Thompson, especially with fans still split about losing Love to Cleveland, but he appears ready for the challenge.

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