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NBA Rumors: Mavs’ Luka Dončić ‘Actually Ecstatic’ About Klay Thompson Contract in FA

Mike Chiari @@mikechiari Featured Columnist IV July 2, 2024 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Dallas Mavericks superstar guard Luka Dončić is reportedly looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside Klay Thompson following his arrival from the Golden State Warriors. Speaking Tuesday on Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective , ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said the

NBA Rumors: Mavs’ Luka Dončić ‘Actually Ecstatic’ About Klay Thompson Contract in FA

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 2, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 26: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks embrace after Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals on May 26, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Dallas Mavericks celebrity guard Luka Dončić is reportedly trying ahead to the chance to play alongside Klay Thompson following his arrival from the Golden State Warriors.

Talking Tuesday on Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon mentioned the next relating to Dončić’s emotions relating to the Thompson signing: “My understanding is Luka is basically ecstatic. I do know that the people who find themselves over on this facet of the pond are awfully enthusiastic about this.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Mavs and Thompson agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract as a part of a sign-and-trade deal in free company.

Thompson spent 13 years with Golden State and performed 11 seasons, establishing himself as a five-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion throughout that point.

He additionally cemented his standing as one of many biggest three-point shooters in NBA historical past, making 41.3 p.c of his profession three-point makes an attempt and rating sixth in profession trifectas made with 2,481.

Thompson, 34, missed back-to-back seasons in 2019-20 and 2020-21 with knee and Achilles accidents, robbing him of two prime years.

Nonetheless, he managed to bounce again and play at a excessive degree every of the following two seasons, averaging over 20 factors per sport and serving to the Dubs win their fourth championship in eight years in 2022.

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Issues modified final yr, although, as Thompson bought off to an agonizingly gradual begin. He did enhance because the season went on, however he nonetheless completed with one of many worst stat strains of his profession, averaging 17.9 factors, 3.5 three-pointers made, 3.3 rebounds and a couple of.3 assists per sport, and taking pictures 43.2 p.c from the sphere and an uncharacteristically low 38.7 p.c from past the arc, which was the second-worst mark of his profession.

Thompson’s decline could have performed a task in him and the Warriors failing to come back to phrases on a brand new contract, however Golden State’s loss could possibly be Dallas’ achieve.

The sharpshooter will be a part of a Mavs group that reached the NBA Finals final season, and he can be slotted in because the third star they had been searching for to play alongside Dončić and Kyrie Irving.

Whereas there’ll undoubtedly be strain on Thompson to carry out, it should arguably be lower than he skilled final season in Golden State when he was nonetheless anticipated to be the 1A scoring choice behind Stephen Curry.

In Dallas, Thompson can settle in because the clear No. 3 choice behind Dončić and Irving and focus totally on pulling down the open triples they assist facilitate for him.

Apart from Dante Exum, who solely tried two three-pointers per sport, Irving was the one Mavs participant to shoot 40 p.c or higher from lengthy vary final season.

Thompson has routinely finished that all through his profession, and if he can bounce again barely from final season, he guarantees to be a really perfect slot in Dallas.

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