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End of an era: Klay Thompson joins forces with Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic in Dallas

In a move that marks the end of an era, free agent Klay Thompson has decided to join the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year, $50 million deal with a player option, sources tell ESPN. Thompson, a legendary figure for the Golden State Warriors, leaves behind a storied career to begin a new chapter in Dallas. This transition is part of a multi-team sign-and-trade that will also send Josh Green to the Charlotte Hornets.

Thompson’s decision to join the Mavericks comes after an illustrious tenure with the Warriors, where he was a four-time NBA champion, a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree, and a member of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Drafted with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson has spent his entire career with the Warriors, becoming a cornerstone of their dynasty alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

Golden State Warriors released a statement expressing their gratitude for Thompson’s immense contributions to the organization. The team promised to retire his jersey, ensuring his legacy will be forever enshrined in Warriors history.

Interestingly, Thompson’s agent revealed that the sharpshooter had offers for four-year deals worth more money but chose the Mavericks for a combination of competitive and financial reasons. “Klay believes in the Mavericks’ potential to win a championship and the state tax benefits were a bonus” the agent said. Thompson’s move to Dallas signifies his desire to chase a fifth NBA title in a new environment while balancing his financial considerations.