Klay Thompson Departure Sparks Massive Trade: What Warriors Get in Return Will Shock You

San Francisco, California – The Golden State Warriors have faced a significant setback in NBA free agency with the loss of Klay Thompson to the Dallas Mavericks. However, the Warriors have finalized a multi-team sign and trade deal that will bring them compensation in return for Thompson.

According to a league source, the Warriors will receive two future second-round draft picks as part of the deal. It was confirmed that the Warriors specifically requested not to take back any additional salary in return for Thompson, which will allow them to create a trade exception valued at nearly $16 million for future transactions.

The full breakdown of the transaction includes the Warriors acquiring two second-round draft picks – Dallas’ 2031 selection and the least favorable pick between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers in 2025 – along with a trade exception. Dallas, on the other hand, will receive Klay Thompson, while Charlotte will acquire Josh Green in the deal.

Thompson is set to join the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year, $50 million contract with a player option, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The details of the deal were still being finalized between the Warriors and Mavericks at the time of the initial report.

In a related move, Charlotte sent two second-round picks to Dallas in exchange for Green, with one of those picks eventually making its way to Golden State. While the loss of Thompson is undoubtedly a blow to the Warriors, the financial benefits of the trade may help offset the emotional impact of his departure.

The Golden State Warriors’ trade with the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets marks a significant shift in their roster, signaling a new direction for the team as they look to move forward without Klay Thompson. The trade exception created by the deal will provide the Warriors with flexibility for future transactions as they navigate the changing landscape of the NBA.