- Klay Thompson did not make an All-NBA team, which affects his next contract value by nearly $US27 million.
- Thompson learned of his omission while speaking to reporters, and he gave a massive eye roll when learning other players made the team over him.
- Thompson said it takes “more than just a couple All-NBA guys” to make five straight NBA Finals but he would rather win a championship than make the team.
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson grew frustrated upon learning he didn’t make an All-NBA team and thus cannot sign a “supermax” contract this summer.
If Thompson had made an All-NBA team, won MVP, or was named Defensive Player of the Year, he could have signed a five-year deal worth about $US221 million with the Golden State Warriors – also known as the “supermax.”
Because he did not make an All-NBA team (and is unlikely to win the other two awards), the most he can sign for with the Warriors is for five years and about $US194 million.
Thompson learned the news on Thursday during a media session. Thompson had to ask, “Oh, I didn’t? They already came out?” as a reporter asked him a question about the All-NBA teams. When Thompson learned Kemba Walker made the third team over him, he gave a massive eye roll (it’s unclear if Thompson rolled his eyes over Walker, specifically, or simply because he didn’t make a team at all) and grew visibly frustrated.
“I mean, that’s cool and all, but when you go to five straight finals – I respect those guys, but when you go to five straight, it takes more than just a couple All-NBA guys,” Thompson said. “Whatever. That’s not – I’d rather win a championship than make third-team All-NBA, so it’s all good.”
When asked how he felt about the fact that being on All-NBA teams – which are decided by media votes – could affect player contracts, Thompson shrugged and said he couldn’t control it. He disputed that he wasn’t worthy of an All-NBA spot, however.
“Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No. But that’s the reason why we’re still playing, so,” he said.
Klay Thompson learns he didn’t make All-NBA (“Oh I didn’t?”) and is clearly a little ticked (it affects his next contract): “When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys…Do I think there are that many guards better than me? No.” pic.twitter.com/bW5DiBavo1
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 23, 2019
The Warriors have a big and expensive summer coming. Thompson and Kevin Durant are both free agents, and the Warriors could explore giving Draymond Green an extension. While Durant’s future is up in the air, with reports suggesting he could leave the Warriors, Thompson wants a max contract from the Warriors, according to a league source.
The Warriors are still on pace to becoming historically expensive, but as Thompson said, they have a historic roster with more than just a couple of All-NBA players. If the Warriors want to keep the run going, it will cost them.
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