Sources: Klay Thompson Set to Join Mavericks on 3-Year, $50M Deal

Klay Thompson is set to join the Mavericks, ending his 11-season tenure with the Warriors, during which he won four championships and made five All-Star Game appearances.
Anna Ciao
By: Anna Ciao
Sources: Klay Thompson Set to Join Mavericks on 3-Year, $50M Deal
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

Klay Thompson, a free agent guard, has agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, ending his historic 13-year tenure with the Golden State Warriors, where he won four championships and made five All-Star Game appearances, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Thompson's decision to join the Mavericks was largely influenced by the opportunity to contend for a fifth NBA title alongside the Western Conference champions. The deal involved a multiteam sign-and-trade, with Mavericks guard/forward Josh Green heading to the Charlotte Hornets and two second-round picks going to the Warriors.

Negotiated by his agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman, the contract also included Dallas sending their own 2031 second-round pick and the least favorable of the 76ers or Nuggets' second-round pick in 2025, sources added.

Thompson and Lawrence met with Mavericks GM Nico Harrison and VP Michael Finley at the Bottle Inn in Hermosa Beach, California, to finalize the partnership.

Although the Los Angeles Lakers held considerable interest for Thompson, financial advantages in Texas and the Mavericks' recent success in reaching the NBA Finals played crucial roles in his decision, sources noted.

In his final season with the Warriors, Thompson's relationship with the franchise became strained amid contract negotiations and his impending free agency. His role fluctuated throughout the season, leading to discontent, including being benched in February after starting the season in the closing lineup.

Thompson, 34, averaged 17.9 points last season, his lowest since 2012-13, as his place in NBA history with the Warriors was firmly established. Alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, they amassed 518 wins in the regular season and playoffs, ranking sixth all-time for a trio. Their 98 playoff victories together are the third most in NBA history, and their four titles equal those won by Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Warriors expressed their best wishes to Thompson in a statement, confirming their intent to retire his No. 11 jersey in recognition of his contributions to the franchise.

"The amount of joy and happiness that Klay provided Warriors fans, Bay Area natives and Dub Nation supporters all around the world has been immense and cannot be minimized," the statement read. "His penchant for delivering in pressurized situations on the biggest stage, including many Game 6 heroics, has helped define a career.

"Klay's legacy will live on forever and we look forward to the day we can retire his #11 jersey at Chase Center where he will join a host of Warriors immortals, including those who helped shape this recent dynasty -- himself included.

"We thank Klay for his contributions and wish him the best as another chapter in his journey is written."

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Anna Ciao
Written by: Anna Ciao
Anna Ciao is a sports content contributor at Betimate. Born and raised in a rural village in China, I have had a passion for football and various sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, from a young age. Along with diligent studies, I achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 in the English language, and I have become a content contributor specializing in sports, particularly football, as I am today. I hope that my articles are helpful to readers.

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