Monday, July 1, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- All-Star guard Klay Thompson says on social media he is staying put with the Golden State Warriors, using a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" with the line "I'm not leavin!"'
Thompson posted on his Instagram account Monday. He is expected to sign a five-year max contract for $190 million when the NBA free agent moratorium period ends, remaining with Golden State just as
he had hoped all along.
Last year, he made it clear again: "I've said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life."
Thompson had been scheduled for surgery this past 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 Thompson's agent have confirmed whether he has had the surgery.
Along with 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 because of a strained left hamstring.
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 two-time 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 more under the radar.