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Klay Thompson delivered an impressive 30-point performance in Game 6, but his night ended on a sour note, as the sharpshooter tore his ACL toward the end of the third quarter.
With so much of the impending free-agency discussion centered around Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, Thompson often gets overlooked. Yet, his contract is up in Golden State, and as one of the premier shooters the league has ever seen, Thompson should have no shortage of suitors this offseason.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Thompson in free agency.
3. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets' 2018-19 season was one the team can build on as they move toward the future. Heading into the offseason, the Nets have plenty of cap space and are contenders to acquire a big-name free agent. Over his career, Thompson has proven he's one of the league's most versatile superstars, as he can be effective with and without the ball. This ability could allow Thompson to thrive in Brooklyn, regardless of what the roster looks like in the near future.
2. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks finished last in the Eastern Conference this year with a 17-65 record. They need to capitalize on their available cap space and the No. 3 pick if they want to compete at a higher level next season. New York theoretically has the cap space to pair Thompson with another marquee free agent. If Thompson wants to leave Golden State this summer, the Knicks could be a great fit for the three-time NBA champion, provided New York pairs him with another All Star.
1. Golden State Warriors
Thompson has been one of the most clutch and beloved players in Golden State since he was drafted by the Warriors in 2011. He has certainly produced for the Warriors, as his career 3-point percentage (41.9 percent) ranks No. 13 in NBA history. The Warriors will likely do everything they can to ensure Thompson stays in Golden State, and considering the success he's had in the Bay Area, it's hard to imagine him leaving.
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