Klay Thompson opens up on himself and Kevin Durant leaving Warriors | Other | Sport


The Golden State Warriors will have big decisions to make this summer, as Durant and Thompson both prepare to enter free agency.

Both stars will expect max salary contracts, which will make it difficult for the Warriors to keep them both.

According to ESPN, the Warriors’ luxury tax bill, paid for going over the salary cap, is set to be $222million.

And both Durant and Thompson have been tipped to leave rather than extend their contacts.

Since the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, there has been speculation regarding whether Durant will head to New York in the summer in free agency.

Durant has refused to speak to any media since the trade was made, fuelling talk that he will swap Golden State for New York.

But Thompson insisted that the team is too focused with matters on the court to worry about the speculation.

“We’re handling it great,” he said.

“You can only control what you can control.

“You can’t listen to media coverage or speculation.

“There always will be speculation in any thing you do.

“It’s what we signed up for.”

Thompson went on to admit that players do feel the pressure around trade deadline day, as they know they can be traded at any time.

“Thankfully, we’re well compensated for what we do,” he added.

“We’re able to be traded on a whim.

“And especially as the trade deadline nears, it’s kind of nerve-wracking if you don’t know where you’re going to be.

“But it’s part of the business and not the first time you’ll go through it as a player.”

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