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Warriors Hope to Re-Sign Klay Thompson, Draymond Green Before Contracts Expire

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Draymond Green #23 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors pose for a portrait with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors' dynasty faces a crucial period, as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green could all hit free agency over the next two years.

However, the team is hoping the trio never reaches the open market.

"We want him to be with us for a long time," Golden State owner Joe Lacob said of Thompson to the Mercury News' Mark Medina in an interview published Sunday. "I feel pretty confident he will be."

Green's future was described by Medina as "less certain," but Lacob said, "I love Draymond!" as the 28-year-old power forward appeared in the vicinity during the interview. Green replied, "I love Joe!"

Medina named Durant as "the biggest uncertainty" the Warriors face this season, but Lacob said he's "not too worried about" the 30-year-old's future and expressed confidence Durant could re-sign with the team.

For his part, Thompson doesn't appear interested in exploring other options.

"Not really," Thompson said when asked in September if he was curious about testing the open market, per The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "When guys go into free agency, they're looking for situations like mine. I'm content."

The four-time All-Star followed that up by telling Stadium's Shams Charania in early October that "it would be hard for me to leave" Golden State:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

From @watchstadium 1-on-1 with Warriors' Klay Thompson: The 3-time champ on ever envisioning 'your own team', '19 free agency. “I don’t want necessarily to be the focal point at all times. I’ve been to the mountain top...I’ve put so much blood, sweat, tears with this franchise." https://t.co/naAaow1NtT

Meanwhile, Green's deal runs through the 2019-20 season. The three-time All-Star agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal in 2015 after helping the Warriors win their first championship in four decades. 

"I took less so we could go after KD," Green told Chris Haynes, then of ESPN.com, in June. "I am a student of this game, and I studied the business side of it and the numbers, where some people don't. They leave it up to their agent to do it."

While he signed a team-friendly deal back then, don't expect a hometown discount this time around. Money always plays a factor in business decisions, but Green told Haynes that, like Thompson, he prioritizes winning:

"I don't focus on that because as much as I looked out for the team's success, that still helps me in a sense of winning a championship and building a legacy that lives on forever. I don't look at it like it's their turn to do me right. If I continue to play my game, if I continue to do better, they got to do me right, or somebody else will.

"I did what I did because I wanted to win championships, so that's paid off so far. Everything else will take care of itself when it's time."

According to Haynes, Green planned on declining an extension if/when it was offered this year in hopes of earning a supermax contract in the future.

Lacob knows that re-signing Durant, Thompson and Green won't come cheap—especially with Stephen Curry already signed to a five-year, $201 million supermax deal. But with three championships in four years, the Warriors appear to be willing to pay up in order to keep the core intact.

"All good things cost a lot," Lacob told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne (h/t Haynes) in June. "We're going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They've earned the right to do whatever they want. Maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can't control that. But we'll do whatever we can to keep them."

Golden State general manager Bob Myers recently addressed the uncertain future of the roster on ESPN's The Jump but sidestepped getting into details.

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