Klay Thompson: NBA Discourse Doesn’t Attract Warriors Star, Slaps Playoffs Doubt With Sharp Response

Published 02/07/2024, 11:12 PM EST

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Known for his distinctive demeanor both on and off the court, Klay Thompson recently showcased his sharp and snappy responses in an interview. Currently grappling with a shooting slump and facing trade rumors amid the Golden State Warriors‘ season-long struggles, Thompson’s unique approach was on full display.

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In the aftermath of the Warriors’ recent triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers, Klay addressed the swirling trade rumors with his characteristic wit. He quickly stated, “I don’t partake in NBA discourse.” When questioned about his preference to stay with the Warriors, he cleverly commended the reporter.

Moreover, he then exuded unwavering confidence in the Warriors’ playoff chances, placing a considerable emphasis on the skills of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. Thompson’s candid and witty remarks provide a glimpse of his resilient spirit, which stands strong despite the struggles of the Warriors and himself.

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Thompson’s comments radiate what his mindset is for the remaining season. However, Thompson tends to not openly share his thoughts with the media, often opting for passive remarks when probed. This history of reserved communication is evident from referencing his rings to Devin Booker or delivering a snide comment to mock LeBron James in the 2016 finals.

At the start of the season, concerns about a decline in Thompson’s all-around defensive abilities surfaced. However, he was projected to still have a shooting touch like Stephen Curry. However, Klay currently experiences the worst shooting percentage of his career. With that, Thompson’s court time is diminishing and, in some instances, he is taking to the bench during final moments.

Heading into today’s game, Thompson shot 34.6% from the floor and 24.5% from three in the last five games. However, it’s just one aspect of his challenges.

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Klay Thompson’s extension shadows larger than ever

Klay Thompson is currently serving his last year with the Warriors. However, with his extension looming, the Warriors dived into the free agency in the off-season. Regardless, given Klay’s connection with the franchise, an extension was said to come. However, now, it seems like the Warriors, even if they might propose an extension, might not hand Klay a massive contract.

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Adding intrigue to the storyline is the revelation from Shams Charania earlier this season that the Warriors offered Klay a two-year contract around the $48 million mark. Klay is earning nearly $44 million this season alone, making the suggested $24 million annual earnings less appealing to him. Now, as his contributions to the franchise decline, the question arises: what will Klay Thompson’s next contract look like?

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