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If the Golden State Warriors fail to offer star guard Klay Thompson a max contract this summer, he might end up playing elsewhere.

It just likely won’t be with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James. Talking on colleague’s Brian Windhorst’s recent broadcast, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne indicated that Thompson is unlikely to give the Lakers a visit once free agency starts in July.

“Guys, I don’t think Klay even gives the Lakers a meeting. If (the Warriors) don’t give him the full max, I think he goes someplace else,” Shelbourne noted. “I really don’t think Klay gives the Lakers a meeting.”

Thompson has noted on multiple occasions that he plans on retiring with the Warriors. He has no real interest in testing free agency.

In turn, the Warriors’ brass has made it clear that money won’t be a component in their decision-making process during free agency. You can do the math from there.

Closing up shop on what has been a disastrous 2018-19 season, the Lakers have enough cap room to add two max-contract players. It doesn’t look like one of them will be Mr. Thompson.