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Klay Thompson open to taking less money on next contract

Klay Thompson

After Kevin Durant left money on the table this summer to help keep Golden State’s core intact, one of his prominent teammates may be following suit.

In an appearance Monday on The Athletic’s “Warriors Plus/Minus,” Dubs All-Star swingman Klay Thompson was asked about the possibility of taking a paycut on his next contract similar to the one Durant took.

“I probably could, yeah,” said Thompson, per Chris Barnewall of CBS Sports. “That much? I don’t know. I don’t make as much as Kevin off the court.

“If it’s a few million,” he went on. “It’s a blessing whatever contract I sign. I would definitely consider it cause I don’t want to lose anybody.”

Thompson, who also hinted at something similar last month, is under contract for two more years. There has been some speculation that he could leave to get his keep when he hits free agency in 2019. But Thompson, who averaged a career-best 22.3 points a game last season despite KD’s arrival, has a cushy situation in the Bay, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him take less to stay put.

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