Iguodala on the mend, Thompson nears new deal

OAKLAND (California) • Andre Iguodala completed an individual workout pain-free on Saturday and is close to returning for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported on Monday.

It is unclear whether swingman Iguodala can join Golden State's active roster in time for Game 3 at Cleveland today (tomorrow, Singapore time). The Warriors are 2-0 up against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven series.

According to Haynes, Iguodala sprinted at full speed without pain, one of the prerequisites for head coach Steve Kerr to consider putting him on court.

Iguodala suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals and has missed six consecutive games.

Kerr said that the Warriors are "optimistic" Iguodala will play at some point in this series.

"He has gotten better gradually, but there's no way of knowing for sure at this point," he added.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have reportedly been talking about a new contract with All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson since last month.

But it may be another month, or more, until the two sides find a compromise to keep Thompson in the Bay Area.

The Athletic reported three weeks ago that the Warriors and the four-time All-Star have engaged in discussions on a contract that would keep him in Oakland for at least another five years - at a discount rate to also help the club retain All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green for years as well.

Thompson's father, Mychal, was asked by 95.7 The Game on Monday if a new extension was close to being announced. Mychal, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, was coy in suggesting that negotiations are far from complete.

"Klay definitely wants to play his whole career in Golden State and the Bay Area - there's no question about that," Mychal said.

"But let's just say that negotiations will probably continue in the summer of 2019."

The 28-year-old Thompson has one year remaining on his contract and could make a maximum of US$121 million (S$161.6 million) over five years if he agrees to a four-year extension.

If he plays out his contract next season and then signs a five-year deal with Golden State, Thompson could make a maximum of US$188 million in the new deal.

If Thompson were to sign elsewhere as a free agent after next season, the maximum deal he could get would be four years for US$139 million.

According to the Athletic, Thompson is considering a four-year extension, but worth only US$92 million - a five-year value of US$111 million including his 2018-19 salary.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'Iguodala on the mend, Thompson nears new deal'. Print Edition | Subscribe