OAKLAND – The deadline is a week from Friday for the Warriors to give Klay Thompson a contract extension or watch him become a restricted free agent in the summer.
His father, Mychal Thompson, has said on his radio show Klay is deserving of the maximum-salary contract he is asking for. Then ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson supported the cause while on an ESPN conference call Wednesday with fellow broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, who said he thought Thompson would get the max.
“You can take the ‘think’ out,” Jackson said. “He’s going to get it.”
Thompson said Friday he was hopeful a contract would come before the deadline and didn’t disagree with what his father and former coach said.
“It’s good to hear from guys like that because they both played in the NBA, and both were successful in the NBA and been around the game for so many decades,” Thompson said. “So if they think I’m that quality type of player, it makes me think highly of myself as well, you know?
“I know it’s my dad, Mychal Thompson, ‘yeah, whatever.’ But at the end of the day, he was a monster on the court when he played, so he knows what he’s talking about.”
Thompson’s teammates have also kidded him about his upcoming pay day, with Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry using their fingers to make money signs as he was introduced to the Oracle Arena crowd at Thursday’s open practice.
“Those guys are good teammates, man,” Thompson said. “They’re just looking out for me.
“Contract aside, I’m just going to go out there and try to be a better player than I was last year…As far as contract stuff, I try not to worry about it because then it’ll affect your game.”