OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson was not selected for an All-NBA team and thus will not be eligible to sign a five year supermax contract this summer worth $221 million. Thompson, who will be eligible to sign a five-year max deal worth $191 million with the Warriors once he becomes a free agent on July 1, said the Warriors’ string of recent championships means more to him than the recognition and the extra money.
“I didn’t? It already came out?” Thompson said after Thursday’s practice, before being told that he just missed being selected for the third team. “I mean that’s cool and all but like when you go to five straight Finals, I respect those guys but when you go to five straight it takes more than just a couple All-NBA guys. It’s like an all-time team, but whatever, I’d rather win a championship than be third-team All-NBA, so it’s all good.”
Both Thompson and the Warriors have said throughout the season that they were hopeful about getting a new deal done after the season ends. Warriors owner Joe Lacob recently told ESPN that he was hopeful that Thompson and Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be with the organization “forever.”
“It is what it is,” Thompson said, when asked if he didn’t like the fact that All-NBA voting weighs so heavily on potential extra money in contracts. “I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No. But that’s the reason we’re still playing so I don’t even want to get into it honestly.”
The easygoing Thompson relayed a confident answer when asked how he’s able to have the contract implications roll off his back so easily.
“Rings,” he said.
Thompson’s teammate Draymond Green offered more pointed commentary regarding how the votes played out. When asked about Thompson making the NBA’s All-Defensive second team, Green was quick with a response.
“He should have been first [team],” Green said.
Green, who also made the All-Defensive second team, was asked for his own reaction about making that team.
“It’s a pretty cool second team to be on,” Green said. “There’s some damn good defenders on that second team.”
Is the second team better than the first team?
“I ain’t going to say that,” Green said. “But that lineup looked good on that second team, so it’s all good.”