OAKLAND – Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has consistently indicated his desire to sign Klay Thompson to a contract extension.
General manager Bob Myers echoed that sentiment last week.
Jerry West, however, went a step further.
The executive board member and adviser to Lacob provided the strongest statement yet that the team expects to keep Thompson and fellow guard Stephen Curry for the foreseeable future.
"It's nice to have two young guys like that in the backcourt and know that maybe you don't ever have to change for a long time," West said as the Warriors practiced inside their facility.
While Curry has three seasons remaining on the $44 million contract he signed nearly two years ago, Thompson is entering the final season of his rookie-scale contract and anticipates a deal that likely will surpass that of Curry.
Though Thompson has yet to make an All-Star team, he is widely regarded as the league's top two-way shooting guard, excelling on offense and defense.
Contract negotiations have been ongoing between the Warriors and Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy of Walnut Creek.
There is no question where the legendary West stands. He recommended the Warriors draft Thompson 11th overall in 2011 and he strongly recommended they keep him out of trade discussions this summer, when the Warriors attempted to land Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.
"I talked to some people who were involved with Team USA basketball," West said. "They loved (Thompson). They absolutely loved him."