However, we might see the first defection of a core Golden State player next summer, when Klay Thompson is set to hit free agency. But I think we all have the same interest.
With that said, rumor has it that Thompson will be headed to his hometown team Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2019.
"It's tough to say", Thompson said.
When asked at a kickoff party for the Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament about whether Klay meant to remain with the Warriors long-term, Mychal didn't mince words. "I'd definitely be interested".
"Oh yeah, you can mark it down", the elder Thompson told the San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler. "Klay's going to retire in the Warriors' uniform", Thompson said. "He's going to play at Chase Center, and he's not going to be at Chase Center as a visiting player, he's going to be a Warrior for the next seven or eight years".
First, I am not a fan of taking seriously family members comments on players, they often miss the mark. Thus the Warriors might lose both him and Thompson next year, and if the team decides it makes financial sense to ink just one to a massive new deal, it likely would choose Durant, who has been named NBA Finals MVP the past two seasons. Not only has he lived the National Basketball Association life, but he and his son are also very close. A lot of teams would love to make the pitch, they will place calls and try to get their foot in the door, but nobody really expects him to leave.
Thompson is under contract with Golden State for the 2018-19 season, after which he'll be eligible for a significant payday.
Thompson could show his desire to remain a Warrior for life by signing an extension this season, but he would be potentially leaving some very large amounts of money on the table.