By executing the move, Golden State would add $2,305,057 in guaranteed money to the books for 2019-2020, and will increase the projected tax bill, boosting them well over the luxury tax threshold if the team brings back superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who are both pending free agents.
Jones has performed well during his time on the court this season, averaging 6.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 1.4 BPG in 8 games, all starts.
Warriors’ Klay Thompson Discusses Big Night
Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson broke out of his early season slump in a major way on Monday night, by draining 14 treys en route to 52 points in 26 minutes , breaking the NBA record set by his teammate Steph Curry.
“I just knew I was due for a big night,” Thompson said, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I just knew it.”
“It’s the best feeling,” Thompson said of his locked in shooting performance “Something I haven’t felt in the first six, seven games. To snap out of a slump with the record, I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it. And I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday, and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.”
Thompson credited his teammates, and the system they play in, for being able to accomplish the feat.
“I really believe, I don’t know if I would have been able to break the records I have got in my past, just like tonight, without the system I play in or the team I’m with or the guys I play with,” Thompson said. “Because they knew even before I went out for the second half. Steph looked at the box score and said, ‘Go get it.’ And that just shows you the unselfishness that is within him. Same with KD and Draymond and DJ and everyone else that was out there on the floor trying to find me and get me good looks.”
Warriors’ Draymond Green Discusses Future with Team
As the Golden State Warriors prepare for the 2018-2019 season and a defense of their NBA Championship, again, they are also on the clock when it comes to new deals for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, a big challenge for the cap strapped Warriors.
Additionally, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green will also need a new deal from the team, but the veteran forward believes he is in the best position when determining his future with Golden State.
“I’m not sure how it plays out, but I think I’m in the best position out of everybody,” Green said, during an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour. “Steph was up, now Klay and Kevin are up. That gives me the opportunity to see what everyone else does. And quite frankly, if I am the first to bounce, unless it’s in 2020, it wouldn’t be my decision. I can get traded. But I’m last. I should be the least of everyone’s worries.”
Green wants to stay with the Warriors for the long-term, and has expressed a willingness to put the team first in the past.
“I’d love to [stay],” Green continued. “When you look around the league today, how many guys have been with one team? Kobe, Dirk [Nowitzki], Duncan, Manu [Ginobili]. It don’t happen like that anymore. That’d be amazing. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. Let the cards fall how they may.”
Warriors’ Klay Thompson Sees Staying with Golden State for a Long Time
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson is entering the final year of his current contract and his impending free agency will continue to be a hot topic throughout the 2018-2019 regular season, but folks shouldn’t hold out too much hope that Thompson will switch teams next summer.
In fact, Thompson sees himself playing for the Warriors for a long time to come.
“Yeah, well it’s a great position to be in” Thompson said during an appearance on Sirius NBA Radio.
“To be wanted is definitely awesome. It means you’ve been — you’re respected and you put in work, and NBA free agency has taken on a whole life of its own now. It’s crazy. You hear about it sometimes more than you do, even the regular season. That’s just the eagerness of fans trying to get — they’re trying to see the fantasy team. It is a goal of mine to be with the Dubs for a long, long time. Like I said before, it’s just special to do it in one place. To be known like the Derek Jeters, the Brett Favres, Kob, list goes on — Tim Duncan.
It’d be a goal of mine. A lot can happen though, but, it would definitely be awesome to be a Warrior for as long as I could possibly be.”
Just like you, @Warriors guard @KlayThompson is aware he’s set to be a free agent next summer. But maybe unlike you, Klay told @GregAnthony50 and @TheFrankIsola sees himself playing with the Warriors for as long as he can.#DubNation pic.twitter.com/4TietahraO
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 4, 2018
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