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OAKLAND – Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has been consistent in stating a desire to sign Klay Thompson to a contract extension that could keep him a Warrior for the peak of his playing career.
On Tuesday, general manager Bob Myers echoed those sentiments.
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"We value (Thompson) in the highest way, and we want to keep him on this team for a long time,'' said the man currently in talks with Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy of Walnut Creek.
With one year remaining on Thompson's rookie contract, at about $3.1 million, Duffy has expressed a desire for Thompson to receive a maximum contract, something worth about $15 million per season – even though such a salary almost certainly would put the Warriors over the luxury-tax threshold for 2015-16
Yet Myers was clear about wanting to maintain the backcourt that pairs Thompson, 24, with All-Star point guard Stephen Curry. The two represent conceivably the NBA's most dangerous starting backcourt.
"Most people believe it to be the best (or) one of the best backcourts in the NBA – and I don't think that's a minority opinion,'' Myers said. "It's a majority opinion.''
That the Warriors would not include Thompson in proposed deals to acquire then-free agent power forward Kevin Love only illustrates how highly they value the fourth-year guard from Washington State.
The Warriors have until Oct. 31 to get Thompson's signature on an extension, or he becomes a restricted free agent next summer.