The Golden State Warriors may lose Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason, but the good news is that one of the other core players is likely to re-sign with the defending champions this summer.
Amid rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers will sign Klay Thompson in free agency, Ethan Strauss of The Athletic reports that "the expectation within and outside the Warriors," is that one of the 'Splash Brothers' will re-up with the only NBA team he's ever played for.
Thompson, like many other big-named superstars, has been linked to the Lakers ever since they landed LeBron James in free agency last year. But as the Warriors nervously await KD's final decision in the summer, they can relax in knowing that Thompson will likely finish out his career as a Warrior.
A four-time All-Star, Thompson has been a central piece of the Warriors' 2015, 2017 and 2018 NBA Championships. He has emerged as one of the greatest three-point shooters in NBA history, as the Washington State product continues to make history alongside fellow Splash Brother, Stephen Curry.
The Warriors are unsure what Durant will do in free agency, while defensive stalwart Draymond Green could be eligible for a $226 million super-max contract in the 2020 offseason. But re-signing Thompson would be a starting point in keeping the band together, and it sounds like they're going to do just that.
Thompson, Curry and Green led the Warriors to an NBA Championship in 2015, and they helped the team win a record 73 games in the 2015-16 season. So even if Durant were to leave in free agency, the bulk of the core will be together and thus keep the championship window open.
What This Means
With all signs pointing to Thompson staying in Golden State, that will take one elite free agent off the market. There's little reason to believe Thompson will change his mind at this point, especially with the Warriors still in contention to win multiple championships.