Klay Thompson is staying home with Golden State. And the wait continues for Kawhi Leonard.
Thompson announced his decision to stay with the Warriors for $US190 million ($272 million) over the next five years.
Thompson revealed the news on his Instagram account, using a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street with the line ‘‘I’m not leavin!’’
He also wrote: ‘‘Mood (there was never a doubt) #warrior4life’’.
Klay Thompson will sign a five-year contract with Golden State.Credit:AP
Thompson’s decision means the five-time reigning western conference champions have their "Splash Brothers" backcourt of Thompson and Stephen Curry locked up long-term. However, there’s plenty of doubt about Leonard’s next stop.
The opening day of free agency came and went without a peep from the NBA finals MVP, who is expected to soon meet the Toronto Raptors – the team he led to this past season’s NBA title.
The Los Angeles Lakers also appear to remain in the race to land him to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis while the Los Angeles Clippers are still hopeful.
Despite suddenly facing financial constraints with their roster, the Warriors still found a way to retain Kevon Looney. Looney agreed to a three-year, $US15 million deal, league sources confirmed.
Looney also met the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, according to a league source. It is not clear what offers those teams gave Looney, if any, but the Warriors could have faced issues with re-signing him if he’d received a deal from a competitor.
The Warriors entered free agency with an ability to spend over the salary cap on Looney since they own his so-called ‘‘Bird Rights’’.
The Warriors were restricted to a hard cap, though, after performing a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets for D’Angelo Russell, a four-year, $US117 million consolation prize after Kevin Durant declined the team’s five-year, $US221 million deal and went to the Nets.
The Warriors managed to retain Looney, though, by doing two things. One, the Warriors gave Looney a three-year deal instead of a two-year deal, which enabled the team to spread out the money allocated for him. Two, the Warriors shed salary, trading Andre Iguodala to Memphis and Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
AAP, Mercury News
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