Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is reported to have undergone surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee on Tuesday.
Thompson sustained the injury in Game 6 of Golden State’s NBA Finals series defeat to Toronto Raptors. The Warriors have yet to put a timescale on the 29-year-old’s recovery but Thompson will definitely miss the start of the new season and may not be back on court until 2020.
The shooting guard agreed to a five-year contract worth $190million to remain with Golden State on Sunday and has been a key part of their success in recent times, helping the Warriors claim three Championships in five years.
The five-time All-Star averaged 21.5 points per game last season and his absence will be felt in the first half of the coming campaign.
Golden State have lost Kevin Durant in free agency as he has opted to join Brooklyn Nets, while there is speculation DeMarcus Cousins could also depart, although the latest reports suggest he will stick with GSW.
The Warriors are 13.00 to win the Championship next season, with Western Conference rivals Los Angeles Lakers – who missed the playoffs in 2018/19 – rated as the current 2.75 favourites.
Toronto are 9.50 to successfully defend their title, Milwaukee Bucks are available at 8.00 and Brooklyn are 19.00.