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As his father, Mychal Thompson has followed his son Klay Thompson’s path to the NBA since his days playing at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
And as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, Mychal is also up-to-date on news regarding that Southern California team and he shared some insight regarding both on Tolbert & Lund Tuesday afternoon.
“The Lakers have their eyes set on five guys,” Mychal said when asked about the Lakers’ free agent targets. “Two guys this summer. Three guys next summer.”
After this season, LeBron James and Paul George will both be free agents, but if the Lakers are unable to sign both those players, they’ll look towards next summer, when Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Klay are free agents.
“Magic and [general manager Rob] Pelinka would like to sign two of those five,” Mychal said. “Now, the two can come this summer then that eliminates 2019 and those other three guys or if they have to wait until next summer, that’s what their going chase.”
Yet, from what Klay has told him, Mychal sees no reason why his son would leave the Warriors. After seven years with Golden State, Klay is an established fan-favorite with four All-Star nominations and two NBA championships with a historic chance to win more titles.
“I understand, they’re all long shots,” Mychal said. “I think Jimmy Butler, he and [head coach Tom] Thibodeau are tight, he’s going to re-sign with Minnesota. Klay loves the Bay, no reason for him to look anyplace else, unless the Warriors tell him he’s unwanted or needed anymore. He’s not looking to leave, we all know that.”
To listen to the full interview check out the podcast below, and skip to 13:54 for Mychel on Klay.