Curry addresses Klay Thompson’s departure, Warriors’ future ahead of Olympics

Steph Curry didn’t get to duck cameras during what has become a monumental offseason for the Warriors franchise. Because he’s headlining Team USA for his first Olympics, he only got a brief respite from the limelight.

Curry, training for the Olympics with the national team in Las Vegas, sat down with multiple media outlets on Sunday afternoon. He dished on his future with the Warriors franchise (strong, but anything can happen); Klay Thompson’s departure (bittersweet) and whether he lobbied the front office for his return (at Klay’s behest, not really).

“He was in need of a change and it wasn’t a situation where I felt I needed to try to convince him to stay,” Curry told reporters. “He knew exactly what he meant – and still means – to our organization. To me, as his teammate. To Draymond. It’s just one of those deals where you have trust that he’s making the right decision for himself,” Curry added.

So Thompson is a Dallas Maverick and the Splash Bros are no more. Just like that.

Thompson departed Golden State after 13 years with the organization, signing with the Mavericks on a three-year, $50 million contract.

The end was hiding in plain sight for Thompson, who appeared unhappy as he struggled through much of the 2023-24 season. He got off to a slow start after extension negotiations didn’t go to his liking, got removed from occasional closing lineups and then pulled from the starting five.

Curry, Steve Kerr and Draymond Green each publicly caped for Thompson to return; for each of them to spend their entire careers as Warriors. But even the best-laid plans can go awry.

“We would have loved to maintain the core and finish out together, but we obviously understand the league, and things change,” Curry told ESPN. “With Klay heading to Dallas, it’s tough. It’s something I would’ve never imagined to be a reality. But you want him to be happy, you want him to enjoy the game of basketball. But it does suck losing Klay. There’s no two ways around it. You have to be able to celebrate what we accomplished, then you have to move on.”

Kerr, who is serving as Team USA’s head coach, said that Thompson’s return to Chase Center this season is going to be incredibly emotional. He began his first press conference as Olympic coach by thanking Thompson for what he did for the team, organization, city and Kerr himself.

“We’re going to miss Klay,” Kerr said. “We wish him the best. These things rarely go like you want, where you get to draw it up and execute it and everybody goes out together. We were hoping that could happen, but it didn’t.”

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