If there was any lingering doubt surrounding Klay Thompson's loyalty to the Golden State Warriors once his contract comes to an end after next season, Thompson reiterated his desire to stay in the Bay Area for his entire career. "I've always said that," Thompson told Mark Medina of Bay Area News Group. "Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it'll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out."
The Warriors have the highest payroll in the NBA, according to HoopsHype. That number could have been much higher if it weren't for Kevin Durant taking a sizable pay cut to ensure that the organization, which practically prints money these days, had enough to sign teammates Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston this past offseason.
Thompson has hinted in the past that he would follow Durant's lead and take a reasonable pay cut of his own to ensure that the band stays together for as long as possible. "If it's a few million ... It's a blessing whatever contract I sign," he said, per Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. "I would definitely consider it cause I don't want to lose anybody."
Money issues aside, Thompson seems like a creature of habit who doesn't want to stray too far away from his comfort zone. With Golden State, Klay knows his place on the team, gets his fair share of shots up, and resides in or around The Bay. Thompson is in a great situation. Why would he want to throw it all away?