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Klay Thompson, a cornerstone of the Golden State Warriors, is seeking a three-year deal as he approaches unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career.

Despite Thompson’s longstanding connection with the Warriors, contract negotiations have hit an impasse, prompting the sharpshooter to consider alternative options.

Recent activity on Thompson’s social media platforms, including unfollowing the Warriors on Instagram and deleting posts, hints at a potential departure from the Bay Area.

While Thompson explores his options, rumors suggest mutual interest between the Orlando Magic and the four-time NBA champion.

According to Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, Thompson acknowledges the evolution of his game, understanding that his market value may not match his previous five-year max contract worth $190 million.

“Gone are the days when Thompson was among the NBA’s best two-way wings,” Poole wrote, highlighting the shift in Thompson’s role on the court.

League sources indicate that Thompson is seeking a contract of at least three years, reflecting his desire for stability and commitment from potential suitors.

Some analysts speculate that the Warriors’ reluctance to immediately secure Thompson’s contract extension is a strategic move.

The organization may be using Thompson’s exploration of free agency to gauge his true market value and leverage negotiations in their favor.