Which Players Are Most Affected by Klay Thompson’s Contract Extension?

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Nemanja Nedovic

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While the team notably picked up the team options on Barnes’ contract and Ezeli’s contract, it was even more notable that the Warriors didn’t pick up the third-year option on the European Derrick Rose.

Not many were surprised when Nedovic didn’t live up to his nickname, becoming an afterthought that was constantly assigned to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, CA.

Nedovic had a couple good games playing in the Development League, but he was unable to make a mark in the NBA after he was drafted last season.

At times, he would look too tentative with the basketball, unsure of what to do. Other times he would just look confused as to what was going on, indecisive and not at all ready to play at the speed of the NBA.

And when he wasn’t on the court, he was most likely nursing some kind of injury.

Despite all this, Nedovic’s performances in the preseason showed the point guard was determined to earn playing time in Kerr’s rotations.

Unfortunately, Kerr still hasn’t given “Nedo” the proper chance to prove himself in the regular season, and he’s now looking to be on the way out of the NBA following this season.

So how does Thompson’s extension play into this?

Well with Thompson’s new contract taking up cap space, the Warriors were able to set some money aside by declining Nedovic’s team option. This money could be used to sign a veteran to a cheap contract or used in re-signing Draymond Green.

Nedovic could have possibly became a solid role player in the NBA, but his tenure with the Warriors could conclude following this season.