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Warriors' Dunleavy wants Klay, Draymond back next season

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Golden State Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. is looking to keep his team's core intact after a disappointing end to the 2023-24 season.

Dunleavy addressed reporters following Golden State's 118-94 play-in loss to the Sacramento Kings, in which Klay Thompson, who is about to become a free agent, scored zero points and went 0 of 10 from the field.

"Certainly we want Klay back. I expressed that to him yesterday. … Everybody wants Klay back." Dunleavy told reporters, including The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, on Thursday.

Thompson's decline last season was more noticeable than that of his fellow Splash Brother, Stephen Curry. His 17.9 points per game were the fewest since his second season, and his 38.7% clip from deep was the second-lowest mark of his career.

The 34-year-old has been with the Warriors since he was drafted in 2011, but he can choose to head elsewhere this summer.

Dunleavy also vouched for veteran forward Draymond Green's return next season, saying he "cannot imagine a scenario where he's not back."

Green is under contract for three more seasons at nearly $78 million combined, but he's had his fair share of issues in recent years with staying on the floor due to his antics. Most recently, his ejection four minutes into a critical contest against the Orlando Magic triggered an emotional response from Curry.

The Warriors' dynasty has accumulated four championships since 2015, but the play-in loss this season marked the team's earliest elimination from title contention with all three of Curry, Thompson, and Green healthy.

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