Thomp­son says on so­cial me­dia he is stay­ing with War­riors

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - By Janie Mccauley Associated Press

OAK­LAND, Calif. — All­star guard Klay Thomp­son is stay­ing put with the Golden State War­riors.

Thomp­son an­nounced his de­ci­sion on his In­sta­gram ac­count

Mon­day, us­ing a clip of Leonardo Dicaprio in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” with the line “I’m not leavin!’” Thomp­son’s agent, Greg Lawrence, said later his client will sign a five-year max con­tract for $190 mil­lion when the NBA free agent mora­to­rium pe­riod ends.

Thomp­son had al­ways wanted to stay with Golden State, say­ing last year: “I’ve said it many times be­fore: I would like to be a War­rior for life.”

He was sched­uled for surgery last week for a torn ACL in his left knee af­ter he was in­jured dur­ing a Game 6 loss to the Toronto Rap­tors in the NBA Fi­nals. Nei­ther the War­riors nor Lawrence have said whether it has been done.

Along with Splash Brother Stephen Curry, Thomp­son is part of one of the most dan­ger­ous back­courts in the NBA, given their ac­cu­racy from 3-point range that ex­tends well be­yond the line. He has been durable, too, never miss­ing a post­sea­son game

be­fore sit­ting out Game 3 of this year’s fi­nals be­cause of a strained left hamstring.

War­riors gen­eral man­ager Bob My­ers said last week he planned to sit down with Thomp­son be­fore the start of free agency Sun­day, when Golden State saw Kevin Du­rant de­part for the Brook­lyn Nets. The twotime NBA Fi­nals MVP is re­cov­er­ing from surgery for a torn right Achilles ten­don that he in­jured in Game 5 of the fi­nals.

Be­ing part of the War­riors’ dy­nasty — five straight NBA Fi­nals berths and three cham­pi­onships in four years from 2015-18 — ap­peals to Thomp­son. He has cher­ished his role along­side more no­table su­per­stars like Curry and Du­rant, con­tent stay­ing un­der the radar.

“It’s hard to walk away from some­thing, you were here when it started and yeah, you just want to stay

on the train as long as you can,” Thomp­son said last year.

One of the most dy­namic shoot­ers in the league, Thomp­son also is a top de­fender who of­ten draws the as­sign­ment of an op­po­nent’s star player.

Thomp­son scored a ca­reer-high 60 points on Dec. 5, 2016, for the high­est-scor­ing per­for­mance by a Golden State player in more than 42 years. He scored 40 by half­time in just 18-plus min­utes and didn’t even play the fourth quar­ter of the 142-106 home rout of the Pac­ers. On Jan. 23, 2015, Thomp­son scored 37 points in a quar­ter, mak­ing all 13 of his shots in the spec­tac­u­lar shoot­ing per­for­mance against the Kings.

Golden State now will have Thomp­son and Curry locked up for the long haul, which will mean so much for the fran­chise as it moves into new Chase Cen­ter in San Fran­cisco next sea­son. Curry re­ceived a $201 mil­lion, five-year con­tract last July.

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