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Golden State Warriors plan to offer max contracts to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson - reports

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Saturday 15 June 2019 07:18, UK

Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant pictured during the 2018 NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors plan to offer five-year max contracts to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, despite significant injuries to both players, according to reports.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on Friday's edition of the network's 'First Take' show that Durant's torn Achilles and Thompson's torn ACL will not discourage the Warriors.

Both players sustained the injuries in the NBA Finals, won by the Toronto Raptors.

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"It is my understanding in talking to people with the Warriors organization is that their intention is to continue and offer Kevin Durant a full five-year max contract and to offer Klay a full five-year max contract," Windhorst said.

Klay Thompson clutches his knee after being fouled attempting a dunk in Game 6 of the NBA Finals 1:56
Klay Thompson was knocked out of Game 6 of the NBA Finals when he injured his knee after being fouled attempting a dunk

Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent on June 30. Durant can decline his $31.5m player option and also become a free agent.

If both players re-sign with the Warriors, the team would owe more than $350m in payroll and luxury taxes, Windhorst said, adding the team would have ample money to pay the bills.

Kevin Durant pictured after aggravating a lower leg injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals 1:18
Kevin Durant left Game 5 of the NBA Finals three minutes into the second quarter after suffering an Achilles injury

The Warriors are moving from Oracle Arena in Oakland across the bay to Chase Center in San Francisco, which Windhorst said will be a "cash cow".

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It could be a while before either player plays at Chase Center, however.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Thursday night Durant will miss the 2019-20 season. While no official timetable has been given for his return, Yahoo Sports on Friday said he would miss at least nine months, citing league sources.

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