Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob says he wants the Splash Bros. — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — to stay with the franchise "forever."
Lacob, speaking with ESPN following the Warriors' series-clinching win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, said, "Obviously, my intention is to keep them as part of our organization forever. That's our goal. We'll see what happens."
With Kevin Durant sidelined with a calf injury, Curry overcame a foul-plagued and cold-shooting first half to erupt for 33 second-half points to move the Warriors one step closer to a third consecutive NBA title. Thompson added 27 points — including seven 3-pointers — in the 118-113 Game 6 victory.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson celebrate during Game 5 against the Houston Rockets. (Photo: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)
Lacob's comments matter — not so much for Curry, who signed a five-year, $201 million deal two summers ago. But for Thompson. The five-time All-Star is set to become a free agent this summer (along with Durant and DeMarcus Cousins), and he'll be one of the most sought-after players on the market. Thompson has said he wants to be a "Warrior for life," but the contract Lacob offers him figures to play a role in his decision.
As of right now, it sounds like Lacob is willing to pay up to keep the star shooting guard around for good.
Making the grass even greener for Warriors fans, Thompson and Lacob shared a special moment in the final minute Friday's win after Thompson drained a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a six-point lead. Thompson pointed at Lacob with a smile, and Lacob pointed back.
Here’s the video of Klay Thompson pointing at Joe Lacob after he hit the massive 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 110-104 lead with 36.1 seconds remaining pic.twitter.com/DI7rqoAviw
"We've had a few of those (moments)," Lacob said, per ESPN. "I have a special bond with him. I always have. He's the first player, since I bought the team, that we drafted. The very first one. And I just have always felt an incredible attachment. People make fun of me a little bit — I always say I love Klay. I love Klay. I just do. He's so real. He's so real. There's no B.S. And there's something about him, I have a very special relationship with him."
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