LOS ANGELES — The Knicks have their eyes set on 2019 free company, after they hope to make their massive splash, however one of many greatest fish anticipated in the marketplace doesn’t sound too eager on relocating to a spot like New York.
Along with declaring his love for the California seashores, Klay Thompson — an L.A. native — stated he’ll deal with his free company with the climate in thoughts.
Thompson didn’t rule out something, however it looks like he’d have a problem with New York winters.
“I undoubtedly wish to play someplace heat,” the Warriors guard stated on a podcast with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I’ve been taking part in numerous golf — so no matter suits properly. But it surely’s particular to be with one franchise your complete profession. Solely so many guys have carried out it in skilled sports activities. And it’d be bizarre leaving the Bay Space. I consider I’m going to be there for a really very long time. I can say that honestly. However lots can occur the subsequent two years. It’s going to be arduous to depart California when it’s sunny like this.”
Thompson is a part of a 2019 free-agent class that additionally contains Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler and Kevin Love. 5 of these six have been at Staples Middle on Sunday for the All-Star recreation. Though Thompson desires to remain in Golden State, it might be not possible to signal a max contract if the Warriors even have Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Inexperienced beneath comparable offers.
Executives Steve Mills and Scott Perry have been additionally within the constructing Sunday regardless of not having any Knicks concerned within the recreation. They aren’t working with a lot, if any, cap area this summer time however hope to filter out cash by 2019 for his or her massive splash. A day earlier, Irving revealed his need to play with Kristaps Porzingis.
“I instructed (Porzingis in October), I’d like to play with a giant such as you,” stated Irving, who had positioned the Knicks on his brief listing after requesting a commerce from Cleveland.
“He’s so versatile.”