Klay Thompson Leaves Warriors, Joins Western Conf. Rival

It's been apparent for the last few weeks now that Klay Thompson’s time in Golden State was coming to an end. It’s now official, as the Warriors' four-time champion has signed with the Dallas Mavericks. 

Thompson receives a 3-year,  $50M deal with a player option. It will eventually be a 3-team sign-and-trade that also sends Josh Green to the Charlotte Hornets. But according to Anthony Slater, final details still need to be worked out, and the Warriors haven't agreed to any sign-and-trade to Dallas at this point. Finalization of that aspect of it would still be needed, and is expected to happen.

Thompson's agent says he was offered four-year deals for more money elsewhere, but he chose to take less in hopes of winning a fifth ring. The LA Lakers & LA Clippers were also finalists as landing spots, and the Orlando Magic had been talked about recently as another option, but Thompson obviously felt that the Mavs & Luka Doncic were closer to a title than any of those teams. 

Thompson finished this past season averaging 17.9 points while shooting 38.7% from long range. And while both of those are down from his career marks, the 34-year-old still has a lot left in the tank, and now something to prove to his former team. 

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