Klay Thompson looks to remain key long term player for Golden State Warriors

Sharpshooter could be part of crowded free agency class next summer


From NBA media reports

Aug 19, 2018 4:24 PM ET

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Warriors guard Klay Thompson has collected three NBA titles in the last four years in the Bay Area.

The NBA free agent class of 2019 is expected to be one of the deepest in league history.


Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has again expressed a preference in staying out of that pool by saying he would like to remain in the Bay Area, where has won three NBA titles.


The Bay Area News Group's Mark Media caught up with the four-time All-Star on his future with the team.


“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life,” Thompson told Bay Area News Group before hosting a party at Hotel Vitale as a prelude to his first annual Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament on Sunday at TPC Harding Park. “Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career.”


To ensure that, would Thompson entertain securing an extension with the Warriors before or during the 2019-20 season? Or would Thompson prefer to become a free agent in 2019, potentially to maximize his earnings?


“It’s tough to say,” Thompson said. “I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors.”


In May, The Athletic's Marcus Thompson reported that Thompson and the team were working on a contract extension.


Klay's father, Mychal, said to the San Francisco to count on his son staying with the Warriors.


“Oh yeah, you can mark it down,” Mychal Thompson said at a party to kick off the Thompson Family Foundation’s first charity golf tourney. “Klay’s going to retire in the Warriors’ uniform. He’s going to play at Chase Center (the Warriors’ new arena, opening in 2019), and he’s not going to be at Chase Center as a visiting player, he’s going to be a Warrior for the next seven or eight years.”


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NBA’S Robin Lopez DonatesTo Fresno County Libraries

Written by The Business Journal Staff

An NBA player and Fresno native has donated thousands of dollars to the Fresno County Library to support programs to get more local children to read and to provide books for children living in lower income areas.


Robin Lopez, a Fresno Native, San Joaquin Memorial High School alum and current center for the Chicago Bulls, has given $8,000 to the Fresno County Public Library to support its Summer Reading Challenge, and was joined in efforts by his mother, Fresno County school teacher Deborah Ledford.

The donation was accepted at the July 10 meeting at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and increased the program’s budget by 73 percent and will put more books into local children’s hands.


During the meeting, Lopez described a love of reading he developed at an early age and growing up surrounded by books. Lopez has supported literacy programs throughout his professional career. While playing for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013-14, he received the team’s Maurice Lucas award for helping support the Portland Public Schools’ “Read Big” campaign.


“The Fresno County Public Library is grateful to have champions like Robin Lopez and Deborah Ledford helping get books into the hands of children,” said County Librarian Kelley Landano. “Putting a book in their hands is the first step in getting children to read.”

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Sacramento Kings and Fans Contribute $30,000 to American Red Cross Northern California Fire Victims and Relief Efforts

Contributions from Kings Fans Will Support the American Red Cross Gold Country Region - Kings Foundation to Match Fan Donations

Posted: Aug 02, 2018

Yesterday, the Sacramento Kings staff took to the phones, calling Kings fans in an effort to raise funds for the American Red Cross to help the communities impacted by the devastating Northern California wildfires – including the Carr Fire in Redding and Shasta, and the Ranch and River fires near Mendocino.


Throughout the day, the team made direct contact to over 5,000 Season Ticket Members and Kings fans to raise awareness and drive donations – raising a total of $15,000. To increase the impact from the Sacramento community, the Kings Foundation matched donations up until 11:59 p.m. on August 1, contributing an additional $15,000, for a grand total of $30,000.


“Kings fans have truly embodied the ‘Do Good’ motto, stepping up to help others in need and again proving why they are known as the best fans in the NBA,” said Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “We are proud to come together with the support of Season Ticket Members and fans to help our fellow communities in need.”


The Carr Fire and the Ranch and River Fires have collectively burned nearly 180,000 acres, evacuating the residents nearby and threatening several thousand structures – the Carr Fire has been ranked as the 6th most destructive California Wildfire in Cal Fire’s history. Fans interested in donating directly can visit to make a personal contribution through the team’s ticketing platform.


The Sacramento Kings Foundation has worked in partnership with the local American Red Cross chapter on many disaster initiatives – including last year’s hurricane relief efforts – and will continue to work with them on future disaster preparedness initiatives that potentially could impact Northern California and the country.



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