Klay Thompson Earns Whopping Million Dollar Amount Even During Injury

Published 01/02/2022, 3:30 PM EST


Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is close to making his return to court after being out for two seasons. He suffered a torn ACL in the 2018-19 finals and was ruled out for the next season. However, he suffered another injury in a pickup game and missed another season due to that.

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But Klay is finally closer than ever to making his comeback after more than 2 seasons. There are several videos out there of Klay practicing and scrimmaging with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate team. In fact, there’s a video of him shooting 24 straight three-pointers during the practice.

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There have been reports that have suggested that he may make his comeback in this month itself. The Bay area is already buzzing with the news of his return.

Interestingly, Klay earned more money on the sidelines than he earned while playing in his entire NBA career.

Klay Thompson earned more money being injured than he earned till the 2019 finals

Klay suffered a torn ACL during game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals and was ruled out for the entire 2019-20 season. By the time of his injury, he made a total of $78,838,770 in his career. Klay’s rookie contract earned him $9,860,320 in his first three seasons. His contract extension in 2015 made him $68,978,450 till 2018-19 season.

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General manager Bob Myers speaks with Klay Thompson during a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 before tomorrow’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

But later in July 2019, he signed a new five-year contract with the Warriors. This meant a much bigger paycheck for the 31-year-old guard. Despite missing the entire 2019-20 season, he earned $32,742,000 that season. He picked up another injury, an Achilles tendon injury, and was ruled out for another season. During the 2020-21 season, he earned $35,361,360.

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Now he has missed another 35 games this season, but he’s still under contract and continues to collect his paycheck. His adjusted amount for the first 35 games this season is $16,211,282. This takes his total earnings while on the sidelines since 2019 to $84,314,642. This is much more than what he earned from 2011 to 2019. That means he made more money while being injured than he earned throughout his career while playing. However, the good news is that he is set to return and Dub Nation can’t stop getting excited.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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