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Warriors’ Klay Thompson to reunite with Dallas Mavericks and other teams in free agency

Warriors’ Klay Thompson to reunite with Dallas Mavericks and other teams in free agency

Warriors’ Klay Thompson to reunite with Dallas Mavericks and other teams in free agency

Free agency has officially opened in the NBA and teams can begin negotiating with free agents. One of the biggest names on the market is Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. The Warriors have decided not to bring back Thompson, a key cog in their career in the 2010s and the other half of the Splash Brothers alongside Stephen Curry.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Thompson plans to have talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers in the early hours of free agency. The Mavericks will open up a major trade exception once the trade sending Tim Hardaway Jr. to Dallas becomes official, meaning the Mavs could sign him for more than the mid-level exception. They could also explore sign-and-trade opportunities.

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If it comes down to money for Thompson, the 76ers will be the biggest threat to sign him. They have nearly $61 million in cap space and can easily offer the most money. The Lakers and Clippers would likely have to sign him under the mid-level exception.

The 76ers will also face superstar Paul George and the Mavs could have a chance to beat either one if they make Thompson a priority. He’s reportedly wanted to feel respected and valued and Dallas could make a big impression in those meetings.

If the Mavericks agree to a sign-and-trade with the Warriors, Josh Green and Maxi Kleber are two of the names that could be on the move. Dallas needs shooting and a third scorer, a role Thompson could fill admirably. Thompson averaged 17.9 points per game this season and shot 38.7% from 3-point range.

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