Sources: Klay Thompson to Join Mavericks on 3-Year, $50M Deal

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In a significant NBA offseason move, sources report that Klay Thompson has agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, marking the end of his historic 13-year tenure with the Golden State Warriors.

 

In a significant move that marks the end of an era, free agent guard Klay Thompson has agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, concluding his illustrious 13-year tenure with the Golden State Warriors. The deal, driven by the allure of competing for a fifth NBA title, signifies Thompson’s commitment to joining the Western Conference champions.

The arrangement, facilitated by his agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman, involved a complex multiteam sign-and-trade. This transaction sends Mavericks guard/forward Josh Green to the Charlotte Hornets and two second-round picks to the Warriors. Specifically, Dallas is parting with its 2031 second-round pick and the least favorable of the 76ers or Nuggets’ second-round pick in 2025.

Thompson and his agent met with Mavericks GM Nico Harrison and VP Michael Finley at the Bottle Inn in Hermosa Beach, California, to iron out the details of this new partnership. While the Lakers were a tempting option for Thompson, the financial advantages of residing in Texas over California and the Mavericks’ recent success in nearly clinching an NBA championship played pivotal roles in his decision.

Throughout his final season with the Warriors, Thompson’s relationship with the franchise grew strained due to contract negotiations and the looming prospect of free agency. His discontent escalated as his role within the team became increasingly inconsistent, leading to him being benched from the closing lineup in early February and later moving to a reserve role.

Despite these challenges, Thompson, 34, managed to average 17.9 points last season, his lowest since the 2012-13 season. His departure from the Warriors signifies the end of a historic period for the franchise and the NBA. The trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green accumulated 518 wins in regular season and playoff games, ranking sixth all-time among trios. Their 98 playoff victories are the third most in NBA history, and their four championships tie them with the San Antonio Spurs’ legendary trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker for the most titles by an All-NBA trio over the past 50 years.

The Warriors expressed their gratitude to Thompson in a heartfelt statement, emphasizing the immense joy and pivotal contributions he made to the team and its fans. They acknowledged his legacy, particularly his ability to perform under pressure, including numerous Game 6 heroics, which have defined his career. The franchise also announced its intention to retire his No. 11 jersey at Chase Center, cementing his status as a Warriors immortal alongside other key figures who shaped the team’s recent dynasty.

For the Mavericks, acquiring Thompson bolsters their roster with a veteran presence and a proven champion. His experience and leadership will be invaluable as Dallas aims to build on its recent success and vie for another NBA title. Thompson’s arrival signals the Mavericks’ intent to remain competitive at the highest level and provides the team with a formidable addition to their lineup.

As Thompson embarks on this new chapter with the Mavericks, the basketball world will be watching to see how his presence influences the team’s dynamics and performance. Meanwhile, Warriors fans will undoubtedly cherish the memories and celebrate the legacy of one of the franchise’s greatest players.

 

 

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