Klay Thompson is asking for a max contract and deserving of such an extension from the Warriors, according to his father, Mychal Thompson.
“He’s going to get paid, but the question is how much is he going to get paid?” Mychal said Monday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts. “You think he’s going to get the max? That’s what he’s asking for.”
Mychal noted that the player the Warriors did not trade Klay for in the offseason, Kevin Love, would have gotten a super max contract from Golden State. Klay’s father also indicated Friday he agreed that after Utah’s Gordon Hayward got a max contract, so should his son.
“I think he is (a max player), but of course, I’m his dad,” Mychal said. “You know what, though? If he wasn’t, I would say it. I can be honest about it.
“I think he is. I really do. His game’s really evolving, getting better, and he really puts in the work, got a great work ethic. And he’s the kind of guy that you can trust. You know when you give him the money, he’s not going to stop working hard.”
The Warriors have until Oct. 31 to agree to a contract extension on Thompson’s rookie-scale contract or watch the player they drafted become a restricted free agent next summer. Both co-owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers have expressed their desire to re-sign Thompson, though they must weigh how much to give the 24-year-old given salary cap and luxury tax implications.
Mychal sees a bright future for Klay with the Warriors this season.
“I’ve said it to Klay and other Warriors players: I think 1 through 12 they’ve got the deepest roster in the league,” Mychal said. “I told Klay, ‘You’re now a world champion (from the FIBA World Cup). Now it’s time to become an NBA champion.
“And I think they have the capabilities of doing it. They’re right there. Everybody talks about the Spurs and Thunder when (Kevin) Durant’s healthy, and of course, the Clippers, who are loaded too. But I don’t see the Warriors taking a back step to anybody.”
Mychal, a Lakers commentator and NBA champion as a player with the team, also indicated he wouldn’t mind Klay ending up in Los Angeles once Kobe Bryant retires.
“I’m kind of hoping, well, maybe another two guard will be down here pretty soon,” Mychal said. “I’m just thinking out loud.”