'We want him back': Warriors strategize way to keep Thompson

'We want him back': Warriors strategize way to keep Thompson

'We want him back': Warriors strategize way to keep Thompson

ByKENDRA ANDREWS

June 24, 2024, 9:19 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO -- As negotiations between the Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson have stalled, and as the start of free agency looms, general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. reiterated his stance on the 12-year guard: "We want him back."

    The Warriors will be faced with a number of roster decisions this summer, finding ways to get into championship contention -- or at least into the playoffs. But Thompson's deal presents a different level of emotional challenge.

    "I think being reasonable and rational, that's always how I'm going to operate but to say about a guy like Klay Thompson, who's meant so much to this franchise, to completely strip the emotion away from it, I think that's almost impossible," Dunleavy said, speaking at his pre-draft news conference Monday.

    Under the new CBA rules, the Warriors and Thompson were allowed to begin negotiations as soon as the Finals ended. But there hasn't been much communication between the two, sources told ESPN.

    The choice will ultimately be Thompson's, but he plans to test the free agency market before a decision is made, sources told ESPN.

    "I think it's about what the right thing that works for the franchise and the player and the role he is in," Dunleavy said. "Factoring all of those things in is what's most important and that's what is taking place and what we're looking at ... There are probably varying degrees of what that value is, but that's on me to figure out what the right amount is for our team."

    Another decision the Warriors have to make is surrounding veteran guard Chris Paul, who has a $30 million non-guaranteed deal waiting for him. The Warriors have until Friday to pick it up or waive him.

    "We're looking through everything," Dunleavy said. "A lot of options are still on the table in terms of keeping Chris, obviously there's a scenario where he gets waived ... But I'd say everything is open."

    Including Paul's non-guaranteed contract, and the $8 million Golden State guaranteed Kevon Looney on Monday, the Warriors have $175 million in salary.

    Owner Joe Lacob has publicly expressed his desire to duck under the luxury tax, but Dunleavy said there are scenarios in which Golden State doesn't.

    "It's about being smart about it," Dunleavy said. "It's more like if there's a point to go over the tax or one of the aprons, then we will do it. The most important thing to [Lacob] is winning. He's shown that. You just have to be careful with the new rules."

    OTHER NEWS

    39 minutes ago

    How you can enjoy Las Vegas without spending a dollar in a casino

    39 minutes ago

    World first footage shows endangered shark struck by boat just hours after being tagged

    57 minutes ago

    Minecrafts Herobrine Creepypasta Explained

    57 minutes ago

    Farmers launch fresh campaign for NSW to cut daylight saving

    57 minutes ago

    Who is Riccardo Calafiori and why are Arsenal spending £42m on the Italy defender?

    57 minutes ago

    EXPLAINED: Why an N1 inbound lane is closed and causing a traffic nightmare in Cape Town

    57 minutes ago

    Friendly locals, lemon orchard hikes and mouthwatering food: Why I loved Spain’s lesser-known camino

    57 minutes ago

    Islanders sign defenseman Dennis Cholowski to a one-year deal

    57 minutes ago

    Harris campaign welcomes anti-Trump Republicans after Haley pushes back on group

    57 minutes ago

    Fears for Mercedes-driving woman Kristel Padget, 38, missing from Toowoomba for almost a week in 'out of character' disappearance

    57 minutes ago

    David Morrow funeral: Footy greats gather to farewell the legendary sports broadcaster

    1 hour ago

    Bus and train services extended on eve of National Day

    1 hour ago

    Taiwan sees flooding and landslides from Typhoon Gaemi, which caused 22 deaths in the Philippines

    1 hour ago

    A neurological disorder stole her voice. Jennifer Wexton takes it back on the House floor.

    1 hour ago

    Rangers sign 16 of their draft picks, including first-rounder Malcolm Moore from Stanford

    1 hour ago

    Blue Jackets GM eyeing short-term deal for free-agent forward

    1 hour ago

    Mariners treble-winning coach Mark Jackson re-signs

    1 hour ago

    Steelers start training camp with 3 players on injury lists

    1 hour ago

    FBI Is Not Fully Convinced Trump Was Struck by a Bullet

    1 hour ago

    Silicon Valley is divided over the election. Here’s which tech titans support Donald Trump—and which ones are pulling for Kamala Harris

    1 hour ago

    JD Vance, Much Like Trump, Is A Media Creation

    1 hour ago

    Fox News cut from Kamala Harris’ first campaign speech after she started bashing Trump

    1 hour ago

    Enzo Maresca's style is exposed in debut, set pieces challenge Blues, and Levi Colwill shows some fight: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED as Chelsea can only draw with League One Wrexham

    1 hour ago

    Fears for Mercedes-driving woman Kristel Padget, 38, missing from Toowoomba for almost a week in 'out of character' disappearance

    1 hour ago

    Russian and Chinese bombers intercepted off of Alaska

    1 hour ago

    Mexican president to ‘friend’ Trump: close the US-Mexico border at your peril

    1 hour ago

    Andy Murray hasn't spoken to Emma Raducanu since Wimbledon withdrawal but insists: 'I'm not bitter'

    1 hour ago

    Intel is losing ground to AMD

    1 hour ago

    Walmart, Aldi, and Kroger produce is under FDA recall

    1 hour ago

    Lincoln Riley hints at possible USC football roster upgrade

    1 hour ago

    How political cartoonists drew Biden’s historic exit and Harris’s rise

    1 hour ago

    7-Eleven's Japanese owners to give chain a big makeover in the US

    1 hour ago

    Taylor Swift's Museum Era

    1 hour ago

    10-year-old boy saves the day when grandpa faints while driving 70 mph on Georgia highway

    1 hour ago

    Tanker carrying 1.4 million litres of oil capsizes off Philippines

    1 hour ago

    GM 'Repeatedly Fumbles The Ball' On New Technology, Ex-Cruise CEO Says

    1 hour ago

    Israel's Olympic football opener with Mali greeted by heavy police presence as national anthem is booed and small section of fans in the stand wear 'Free Palestine' t-shirts amid war in Gaza

    1 hour ago

    Arsenal Transfer News: David Ornstein confirms signing of Riccardo Calafiori

    1 hour ago

    How to Watch the 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony

    1 hour ago

    The six-acre island for sale with a private beach and 15 ghosts