The Golden State Warriors are heading into the new season with the same core championship-winning roster from last year after re-signing the majority of them to new deals over the summer.
During the offseason, the Dubs agreed renewed deals with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West, Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee.
With the expectation that Curry and KD would demand max contracts as free agents, there was doubt about whether the franchise could keep its important role players.
Luckily, they were able to thanks to Durant's decision to take a pay cut in order to facilitate their return and keep the winning team together.
The Warriors will now not have another big decision to make in free agency until 2019 when Klay Thompson's contract expires.
The sharpshooter can easily get a huge max deal from most teams in the league but Golden State would have to break up their squad in order to give him that.
The three-time All-Star could also become the focal point on another team and the face of a franchise if he wishes.
But luckily for the defending champs, Klay has no interest in leaving the Bay Area and has reiterated his recent willingness to take a discount to remain with the team if necessary.
Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, he said: “We’re talking like 24 months away. But it’s something that definitely crossed my mind, especially when you see guys like Kevin (Durant) doing it.”
KD took almost $9 million less to allow for the organisation to keep the likes of Iguodala and Livingston but his sacrifice was subsidised by the huge amounts he makes from endorsement deals off the court with brands such as Nike.
After signing a 10-year extension with Chinese shoe company Anta worth a reported $80 million, Thompson now feels he's in a similar position and can afford to leave money on the table.
“100 percent, it’d be different if I was making scraps off the court,” Thompson said. “But I’ve been very blessed to be a part of winning team.
"When you’re part of a winning team, everybody gets to eat. So that’s why I’m indebted to the guys around me. Without them, I would not have the deals that I have.”
If the Oakland-based outfit is also able to keep hold of Draymond Green in 2020, they could potentially enjoy a period of domination for at least another four or five years which would be a scary thought for the rest of the league.