Watching Klay Thompson leaving Game 6 of the Finals while the Warriors were up 83-80 over the Raptors has to be an image they fans want to forget at all cost.
After Klay left the floor that night, things fell apart for the Dubs, who ultimately ended up losing to the Canadians.
Klay came down hard on a dunk attempt and immediately grabbed his knee, which set the alarms on for everybody. We all know what happened then, Thompson tore his ACL and left the Warriors helpless against the Raptors, who were keen to end the series that night. Moreover, that injury could have significantly hurt Thompson financially, too.
Many people started wondering whether the Warriors were going to offer a max deal for Thompson after his injury, but that never was part of the plan for the team’s owner Joe Lacob. In the end, Golden State and the star shooting guard agreed to a five-year, $190 million max contract.
"There was no doubt in my mind, whatsoever," Lacob said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole on the latest episode of The Warriors Insider Podcast. "I, and we, want Klay to be here for a long time. He's one of my favorite players in the world."
Thompson is expected to be out until around February or March and return before the playoffs if everything goes well in his recovery.
"ACLs ... not good, ok we know that," Lacob said. "But stuff happens and that's an injury that now people know how to manage. Plenty of people have come back from ACLs and done pretty well. Honestly, it didn't even remotely cross my mind."
The Splash Brother is a big part of the organization, one of the guys who took this team to the top of the league, becoming the biggest force in the NBA, so it would have been a total madness if the Dubs let him go just like that. It was feared at some point that Klay could join the Lakers or Clippers if the Warriors didn’t offer him a max contract. Luckily for everybody, that didn’t happen.