After Kevin Durant, his teammate at the time, ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in Game 5, Thompson sustained his knee injury in Game 6. The Raptors won that game and the series to clinch their first championship, signaling an end to the Warriors’ dominant run.
Even though it was clear that Thompson would miss the 2019-20 season, the Warriors still signed him to a new five-year, $190 million contract at the start of free agency in July 2019, banking on the belief that he would return to full health and help lead the team for years to come. But Thompson has yet to play a game on his new deal.
The Warriors limped their way to the worst record in the league last season. Durant had left for the Nets (though he, too, missed the season because of his injury), and the Warriors also had to go about their business without Stephen Curry, Thompson’s longtime teammate and fellow “Splash Brother,” for all but five games because of a broken left hand.
Relying on a cast of unsung prospects, the Warriors finished with a 15-50 record, playing their home games at a fancy new arena in San Francisco. Their struggles were a harsh dose of reality for one of the glitziest franchises in the league. But there was always the hope that the Warriors were merely on hiatus from championship contention as Curry and Thompson, both perennial All-Stars, worked themselves back into shape for the start of this season.