Klay Thompson's Dad Explains Why There's No Need to Negotiate With Warriors

Unless you've been living under a rock, you are well aware that Klay Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

A couple of weeks ago, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported: "Thompson has no plans to take a discount, and the Warriors don't expect him to."

And earlier this week, Klay's father essentially corroborated that information.

"The money thing is basically set in stone," Mychal Thompson told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "Everybody knows what the salary cap is, everybody knows what a player of Klay's caliber and tenure in the league is supposed to get on his next deal.

"So basically, there's no need to negotiate -- everybody's number is set because of the salary cap rules ... he just is so comfortable and loves and appreciates playing so much for the Warriors and for the fans in the Bay Area. It makes no sense to leave."

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Translation -- Klay is going to seek/demand the maximum amount of money allowed. If he makes an All-NBA team, he becomes eligible for a deal worth about $221 million over five years. If he falls short of that distinction, the max he can receive is around $190 million over five years.

Will Golden State give the four-time All-Star that kind of money? That is uncertain. But one thing that is crystal clear:

"Klay wants to stay, he wants to retire as a Golden State Warrior 10 years from now," Mychal added. "He wants to play until his late 30s ... he has no desire to ever leave the Bay. He loves it there, he loves playing with his teammates, loves playing for that organization. So believe me, when he says he wants to stay in the Bay, he 100 percent means that.

"And besides -- why would you break up the greatest shooting backcourt -- the greatest backcourt -- in the history of the game? And these guys are only halfway through. They still got a lot of years to play together, so you're not gonna break that up."

With Kevin Durant's future up in the air and Draymond Green's contract situation lingering, next summer is going to be absolutely fascinating...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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