Superstar LeBron James has spent the last few seasons in the NBA of his professional basketball career foraging for a plan to overpower the Golden State Warriors’ powerhouse team, and in the next summer may finally ante up him with massive opportunity to do so.
With the Warriors’ lineup edging with All-Stars, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson may be looking outside of the Golden State as they both enter free agency in 2019. If both basketballers demand maximum contracts, it could prove too much for Warriors’ already excessive liabilities, and Durant and Thompson could demand for a salary raises elsewhere.
There has been conspiracy that the nine-time All-Star Durant may consider listening to the pitches of the other NBA teams in 2019. A new report from NBA journalist Brandon Robinson, he claimed that Durant could be eyeing the Los Angeles as his new home.
Meanwhile, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was not buying the report and was not persuaded that Durant would see much upside to play in the shadow of James, suggesting that “Kevin Durant is [already] part of the best duo in the NBA right now.”
Thompson, on the other hand, will likely has a massive opportunity to secure a guaranteed max contract deal if he hits the free agency market next offseason. That would force the cash-fasten Warriors to match or offer a better deal that could go up to as much as a whopping $139 million over four season. The Lakers will almost certainly have the money to tempt Thompson to Los Angeles. That, combined with the opportunity to play alongside James, was enough to influence former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson (Klay’s father) that it is the best move for his son.
“If Klay came to L.A. [Los Angeles], which he should, then he knows he is going to slot in behind LeBron,” Mychal Thompson said on the Mason and Ireland radio show.
“The perception of how people are going to look at you is important for these [other] guys, [but] it is fine because [Klay] has done it before, it is not a big deal.”
Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Paul Pierce agreed to Klay Thompson’s father, saying that “Klay definitely should be the Lakers’ top target, he’s the perfect compliment to LeBron,” Pierce said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I don’t think he will get maxed out in Golden State [and] Klay fits with LeBron moreso than anybody.”
Although Klay reiterated that he would want to be a “Warrior for life,” he also said that he will to go into free agency in 2019. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019,” Thompson said. “Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors.”