Storyline: Klay Thompson to Clippers?

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Storyline: Klay Thompson to Clippers?

Let's try to keep our focus there and win the title, then let July play out the way it's going to.

This summer, both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are expected to hit the free agency market. The Bay Area team are desperate to keep him and are nearly certain to make the best offer, which is a five-year deal worth $221 million.

Will Kevin Durant Go to the New York Knicks in Free Agency? In fact, at this point, it would probably be a bigger surprise if he re-signed with the Warriors than there would be if he signed with the Knicks.

Durant dismissed speculation recently about already having made a decision with regard to his future, choosing to only focus on the Warriors' wish to win a third straight National Basketball Association title. While they'll still be the betting favorites - the SuperBook has them listed at 7-4 to win the championship in 2020, per ESPN - it won't be like years past.

"So if they think [Durant is] going to leave, then the priority is going to be Klay", Smith said. And this is where it gets really interesting and, in my opinion, the straw that could break the camel's back. Thompson, a Golden State Warriors since the 2011 draft, had never made any indication he was less than satisfied with his situation in Oakland, and he was seen as close to a sure thing to follow the organization to San Francisco next season. For the Warriors, it's not that simple. What the team is able to accomplish this summer will dictate if the team is able to contend in the coming years or if the building over the last years is for nothing.

Plus, when the team has needed him most, he's been relatively average. There's a good chance it's a Houston Rockets fan who is just trying to throw Durant off his game.

Stephen Curry has already secured his max contract and Thompson has every right to get his as well.

Still, though, he'll be eligible to sign a max deal this summer, and that's apparently the type of money he'll be seeking.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski notes that the Warriors are surely prepared to give Thompson the max contract (five-years, $190 million) he desires on July 1. "I think he knows what it is, what he wants, and there may be nothing the Warriors can do or say to change that".

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