The Los Angeles Lakers are positioned with their salary cap space for next summer to make a max contract offer to one of the many superstar players that will be available in the free agent market.
Among those will likely be All-Star guard Klay Thompson as he’s in the final year of his four-year, $68.9 million deal. During a recent interview with ESPN’s “Mason & Ireland Show,” former Lakers big man Mychal Thompson that his son could fit in well with Los Angeles behind All-Star forward LeBron James due to what he has experienced with the Golden State Warriors. (h/t Erik García Gundersen of LeBron Wire)
“You are talking about guys for whom pecking order becomes really important,” Mychal said. “The perception of how people are going to look at you is important for these guys. If Klay came to L.A., which he should, then he knows he is going to slot in behind LeBron. But it is fine because he has done it before [for the Warriors], it is not a big deal.”
Throughout much of his career, Thompson has played second banana behind the other star players that the Warriors have such as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant while being able to continue to excel in that role. He has been able to maintain being a legitimate All-Star talent behind his consistent scoring and shooting as he has averaged 20 or more points in each of the last four seasons while shooting 40 percent or better from 3-point range in each year of his career.
If Thompson were to join the Lakers, he could immediately slide in as their second scoring option behind James as he has shown that he can excel in that role at a high level. He is still in the prime of his career and his presence as legitimate two-way players that could help Los Angeles take the next steps toward contending for an NBA title.
Ultimately, only time will tell if Thompson will go this route next offseason if he hits the open market next summer.
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