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Warriors owner Joe Lacob: ‘We are going to re-sign Klay Thompson. I will say that unequivocally’

Apr 28, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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If you were starting a team and could have any shooting guard in the NBA, how would you rank your choices?

James Harden would top most lists.

After that it gets complicated. (You can’t have Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe just because the Suns start two point guards.)

Among the contenders:

Who you’d pick depends on preference – playing style, fit with other players and how quickly your team is trying to win.

The Warriors have a player on the list – Thompson – who thrives in their 3-point-happy system, plays extremely well with their other starters and is already good and still improving. They’re going to keep someone like that.

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Thompson’s contract expires after next season, when he’d become a restricted free agent.

Considering Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry will already be under contract for $50,974,922 in 2015-16 and team options for Marreese Speights, Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Nemanja Nedovic could push the payroll to $61,423,828, the Warriors as constructed are unlikely to have cap room in 2015 whether or not they re-sign Thompson. So, they might as well re-sign him.

What Lacob is indicating, in other words, is the Warriors plan to proceed with their current core.

If they’re so set on re-signing Thompson, why not just extend his contract while he’s eligible this offseason? Thompson can sign an extension between July 10 and Oct. 31. I suspect the Warriors and Thompson will negotiate toward one.

And if they don’t reach a deal by the deadline, Lacob is sending an early warning shots to other teams for the summer of 2015:

Don’t sign Thompson to an offer sheet. You’re just wasting your time.

  1. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    What he didn’t say is, “our team will stand with the clippers in making a meaningful protest of the racism of Donald Sterling by mutually forfeiting the next game.”

    • cfutch - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      This Quote from Lacob came before the Sterling Allegations. If you notice the tweet came on April 24th

  2. spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Dwayne WADE???? I would never start a team with a guy playing on one knee.

    • sugarkeyboards - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      well, he is averaging 19 ppg, 4.7 apg and 4.5 rpg on one knee, I’d say he’s actually doing pretty well

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        He’s also 32. If you’re starting a team, you want someone who is going to be around for 10-15 years. Even healthy, that’s not Wade.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I like that Beal dude. Seems like he has a nice upside.

  4. Sonny - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Um… DeRozen

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Yeah, the kid’s a keeper. He/Wall are going to cause teams problems for many years.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Reply fail to Mr. Chronic ^.

  5. stoptrippn - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Get what you can while you can. $$$$$

  6. andreboy1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    I shoot the rock better than Jimmy Butler

  7. 00maltliquor - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Where the hell was Kobe Bryant on that list!

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    I’m not sure I’d take Harden as the 1st SG. His Defense is as bad as his offense is good. I don’t even know why no one holds him accountable for it either.

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