Did Kevin Durant hint he will return to Warriors while talking to Klay Thompson?
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suddenly have more in common than they ever hoped they would, as both players could miss the entire 2019-20 season while rehabbing from major injuries. Now, the focus turns to whether or not they will be doing so as teammates.
Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Durant is expected to decline the final-year option on his contract. After Thompson suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, his father Mychal told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Klay received a call from Durant.
“I heard them talking,” Mychal Thompson said. “But I don’t think they’d want me to divulge it.”
Mychal may have divulged some of it, anyway. While he could have been paraphrasing, he said Klay and Durant were talking about having “unfinished business” together.
“They were encouraging each other to come back strong,” Mychal Thompson said. “They got unfinished business.”
That could mean a lot of things. Durant may have simply been reassuring Thompson that both players are going to sign their big free agent deals and come back strong, but it’s hard not to interpret that as an indication that Durant could be planning to re-sign with Golden State.
Despite their injuries, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Friday that the Warriors intend to offer both Durant and Thompson max contracts. They’re not the only team that seems undeterred by Durant’s torn Achilles, and Thompson may find that the same is true for him around the league.