OAKLAND – Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was negotiating with agent, Bill Duffy and saw out the window that Klay Thompson was the only player on the court shooting.
Thompson’s daily work ethic was a main reason that the shooting guard was awarded a four-year, $70 million contract extension Friday. Myers also noted that he had never seen a player’s teammates show so much support as Thompson’s did during a contract negotiation and that it was a testament to the 24-year-old.
Thompson is the first Warriors players to be under contract through the 2018-19 season.
“It’s really amazing that I can be on this team come new arena time in moving over to the new city,” Thompson said Saturday before the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Myers added that there were once questions about Thompson’s defense, and those have since been answered since by the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011. Thompson excelled at 3-point shooting as expected according to Myers has improved daily in his all-around game.
“This contract is well deserved, and I think that’s the best compliment I can give Klay,” Myers said. “He earned it.
“I think what it says to fans is this organization will do whatever it takes to win.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Thompson, adding “The whole team is.”