Report: Warriors plan to offer max contracts to Durant, Thompson

Reuters

Posted at Jun 15 2019 10:17 AM

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is helped up by guard Quinn Cook (4) and guard Klay Thompson (11) after an apparent injury during the second quarter in game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

The Golden State Warriors plan to offer 5-year max contracts to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, despite significant injuries to both players, according to a report.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said Friday on the network's "First Take" that Durant's torn Achilles and Thompson's torn ACL will not discourage the Warriors.

Both players sustained the injuries in the NBA Finals, won by the Toronto Raptors.

"It is my understanding in talking to people with the Warriors organization is that their intention is to continue and offer Kevin Durant a full 5-year max contract and to offer Klay a full 5-year max contract," Windhorst said.

Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent on June 30. Durant can decline his $31.5-million player option and also become a free agent.

If both players re-sign with the Warriors, the team would owe more than $350 million in payroll and luxury taxes, Windhorst said, adding the team would have ample money to pay the bills.

The Warriors are moving from Oracle Arena in Oakland across the bay to Chase Center in San Francisco, which Windhorst said will be a "cash cow."

It could be a while before either player plays at Chase Center, however. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night Durant will miss the 2019-20 season.

While no official timetable has been given for his return, Yahoo Sports on Friday said he would miss at least nine months, citing league sources.

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