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Four NBA free agency suitors emerge for Klay Thompson

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Four NBA free agency suitors emerge for Klay Thompson


One of the most successful guard duos in NBA history appears to be on the last splash.

Stephen Curry’s longtime Splash Brothers running mate Klay Thompson was among the most intriguing names hitting free agency Sunday night, with plans to meet with the Mavericks, Lakers, Clippers and 76ers, according to ESPN.

The Magic also have been a team with cap space linked in recent weeks to the 34-year-old Thompson, a five-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion in 13 seasons with the Warriors.


Klay Thompson is expected to talk to the Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks and 76ers in NBA free agency.
Klay Thompson is expected to talk to the Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks and 76ers in NBA free agency. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson’s father, Mychal, played the final five seasons of his NBA career with the Lakers and currently is a radio broadcaster for the team.

LeBron James reportedly is willing to take a pay cut to facilitate roster additions this summer, and Thompson could be a fit as an accomplished outside shooter with a career 3-point percentage of .413.

The Lakers re-signed Max Christie to a four-year deal worth $32 million, ESPN first reported.

The Clippers also figure to have an opening with Paul George opting for free agency, while the Mavericks, 76ers and Magic have the cap space to add a player of Thompson’s caliber, especially in a potential sign-and-trade with Golden State.


Klay Thompson and the Warriors could work out a sign-and-trade.
Klay Thompson and the Warriors could work out a sign-and-trade. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors also waived 12-time All-Star Chris Paul on the date his $30 million salary for 2024-25 would have become guaranteed, and he quickly agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal to join the Spurs, according to multiple reports.


Follow all the latest updates on NBA free agency, including signings, trades and rumors.


The 39-year-old point guard became a free agent after averaging career-lows of 9.2 and 26.4 minutes per game last season, his 19th in the NBA.


Obi Toppin became the second former Knicks first-round pick to land a lucrative contract in the past week.

According to multiple reports, the restricted free-agent forward has agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million to stay with the Pacers, who acquired him from the Knicks last summer.

Immanuel Quickley, who was traded to Toronto in the OG Anunoby deal, had inked a five-year, $125 million extension to remain with the Raptors.

Toppin was drafted by the Knicks with the No. 8 overall pick in 2020, but his minutes were limited while playing behind three-time All-Star forward Julius Randle.

He averaged a career-high 10.3 points in 82 games for the Pacers.


Other players reportedly agreeing to deals: Jonas Valanciunas (three years, $30 million) with the Wizards, Kevin Love (two years, $8 million) with the Heat, Andre Drummond (two years, $10 million) with the 76ers, Luke Kornet (one year) with the Celtics, Mason Plumlee (one year) with the Suns, Eric Gordon (one year, $3.3 million) with the 76ers and Naji Marshall (three years, $27 million) with the Mavericks.



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