GOLDEN State Warriors star Klay Thompson appeared to be particularly frustrated with his diminishing role after Monday’s 109-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

The four-time NBA champion spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, being left out of the closing lineup for the second time in three games.

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson appeared to be exasperated with his diminishing role after Monday’s 109-98 win over the Brooklyn NetsCredit: NBA

Thompson was left out of the closing lineup against the Nets for a second time in three gamesCredit: NBA
Thompson, 33, exited the contest at Barclays Center with 7:19 left on the clock, coming off for Moses Moody.

The substitution ended the 6-foot-6 shooting guard’s night, which he finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals while shooting 44.4% from the field and going 0-for-3 from deep.

After the clash, TV cameras spotted the eight-time All-Star chatting with Nets assistant coach Ryan Forehan-Kelly.

And Thompson appeared to be exasperated by the fact he watched the key stretch of the contest from the sidelines.

With his future uncertain for a long time, NBA Twitter thought the former No. 11 overall pick and the Warriors might indeed be headed for a divorce seeing the interaction.

“Klay Thompson is gone man,” one wrote on X.

“Bro be mad about anything and everything these days. It’s very sad, I miss laid-back Klay,” another added.

“It’s frustrating for him knowing he’s not playing well. He knows the end is approaching,” a third said.

“Warriors dynasty ends this deadline,” one wrote.

In a sign of his lessening importance, Thompson clocked half the fourth-quarter minutes of Warriors rookie Gui Santos, who had played a total of 61 minutes in 2023-24 before the Nets matchup.
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Kerr closed the game without the ex-Washington State standout again after benching him with 7:40 left in Friday’s 121-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Thompson admitted to struggling with his changing role on Monday night.

“You kidding me? Go from, you know, one of the best players … it’s hard for anybody,” he said.

“I’ll be honest with you. It’s very hard.”

The U.S. Sun reported last month that Thompson’s contract situation is causing “a lot of tension” within the Warriors organization.

The veteran guard’s current deal expires this summer with extension talks reportedly coming to a halt after he rejected a two-year, $48 offer before the 2023-24 NBA season’s tip-off.

His name has been mentioned in trade rumors with the February 8 trade deadline fast approaching.

Thompson is averaging 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists, shooting 41.5% from the field and 37.1% for 3.

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