Editor's note: The above video is from the April 24, 2014 edition of Yahoo SportsTalk Live.
LOS ANGELES – After his "Splash Brothers" sidekick, Stephen Curry, fouled out midway through the third quarter Tuesday night, Klay Thompson seized the preseason moment, which lasted precisely 112 seconds.
Thompson furrowed his brow, cranked up his passion and poured in the points.
He made a turnaround jumper and a straight-up jumper before whizzing past Clippers center Spencer Hawes for a baseline slam as the stunned 7-footer was whistled for a foul.
Thompson scored 8 points, anchoring a 10-0 run that took the Warriors from a 70-68 deficit with 5:04 left in the quarter to a 78-70 lead with 3:12 remaining.
[INSTANT REPLAY: Warriors defeat Clippers in preseason opener]
Thompson's flurry was no pointed message to Warriors ownership – not necessarily – but it could've been and still may serve as one.
The Warriors have 22 days to preemptively deliver a contract extension that will keep Klay Thompson with the franchise for at least another five years.
But there has been no movement in recent weeks. As of Thursday morning, the sides remain $2-3 million a year apart, according to NBA sources.
The dithering seems pointless when all parties consistently state their desire for a deal. The Warriors want it. Thompson wants it. His teammates want it. And there is no indication Klay's agent, Bill Duffy, has lost the optimism he expressed last month.
Thompson is seeking a max deal, or something close – at least $15 million per year – while the Warriors, according to sources, hover around $13 million per.
That's because Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has yet to conclude that Thompson is worth a deal that yields the salary being paid to David Lee – $15.01 million – this season.
A max deal could result in an annual salary in the $16 million range. Already considered worthy of the $12 million range after last season, Thompson's value increased in July, when Chandler Parsons signed a deal worth $46 million over three years with the Mavericks and when Utah matched the four-year, $63 million deal the Hornets had offered Gordon Hayward.
Thompson's value further increased when he was named to the Team USA squad – Parsons and Hayward were cut – and played well during the FIBA World Cup.
Then there is this: League sources are adamant in saying Timberwolves boss Flip Saunders was prepared to give Thompson a max deal if Minny were to pry Klay away from the Warriors as part of a deal for power forward Kevin Love.
The Warriors balked at including Thompson in such a deal. Executive board member Jerry West and rookie head coach Steve Kerr were most responsible for the balking.
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How can the Warriors be willing to give Love a max deal, as they would have had to, yet be unwilling to offer anything close to max to the guy they kept instead?
If Lacob and the Warriors are serious about staying around $13 million, they aren't serious about keeping Thompson.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon will make $30.4 milion over the next two seasons, and not for one second of his drunkest hour would Warriors general manager Bob Myers swap Thompson for Gordon.
Lacob, I'm told, wants to avoid paying the luxury tax, though it would loom even with a deal worth $13 mil per year. But the league's new TV deal, going into effect in 2016-17, practically triples revenue. The salary cap and luxury tax thresholds presumably will rise accordingly – if they remain at all.
Thompson is, by most league accounts, the second-best player on the Warriors, behind only Curry. Klay sometimes looks the part and, for the briefest moment Tuesday night, absolutely nailed that distinction, if not something higher.
Thompson would never acknowledge that dazzling display was a message. He would remind us it was a few minutes in the preseason opener, nothing more. But it was.
The sight of Thompson taking over a game was arresting, hinting at the possibilities awaiting his future. That future will come with immense wealth.
If the Warriors want to maintain their core, they have 22 days to provide it.
Otherwise, they can wait for other teams to pursue Thompson next summer, and perhaps be forced to pay an even steeper price – or see their core come apart.