2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Klay Thompson: 5 years, $190 million (Golden State Warriors)

Anything less than a full five-year max would’ve felt criminal after the way Klay Thompson — in the middle of a heroic Game 6 performance in the NBA Finals — tore his ACL and tried to play through injury. The Golden State Warriors didn’t just owe it themselves in order to keep the dynasty from collapsing, but they owed it to Klay himself.

The other Splash Brother is arguably the second-best shooter the NBA has ever seen, capable of igniting at a moment’s notice. His floor-spacing and rapid-fire catch-and-shoot ability are intrinsic to the Dubs’ offense, as is his stifling wing defense.

The Warriors are going to miss Klay Thompson until he returns from his ACL rehab in February or March. Until then, at least they can rest easy knowing they did the right thing in locking him down for the next five years and, hopefully, making him a Dub for life.

Grade: A