5 Key reasons Klay Thompson boldly signed with Mavericks over Lakers

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The Dallas Mavericks have had a fruitful offseason, making arguably the biggest free-agency move in franchise history by completing a sign-and-trade deal for Klay Thompson.

They don't appear to be done just yet. Still, the acquisition is worth celebrating for no other free agent as highly decorated as the former Golden State Warriors star had chosen to go to Dallas in free agency in the past.

Landing a four-time champion who looks like a perfect fit was a masterstroke for the team, especially since the Mavs had strong competition in the Klay sweepstakes.

5 Key reasons Klay Thompson boldly signed with Mavericks over Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers were also in the running to get him, and they probably could have done so if things had gone their way. But Dallas turned out to be the better option for Thompson, even if his dad doesn't think so.

Interestingly, the Lakers had a better offer for the five-time All-Star. While he ended up joining the Mavs on a three-year, $50 million deal, choosing the Purple and Gold could have had him inking a four-year, $80 million contract and playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

However, Thompson preferred the Dallas route, and his reasons should have the Mavs faithful cheering for his success even more.

5. No state tax in Texas

One of the privileges of playing for a Texas-based team is the absence of state tax. So, while his gross pay with the Lakers would have been higher, Thompson will actually take home a higher net pay in Dallas. In addition, the cost of living in Dallas is lower than most places in California, so that means more savings for the two-way star.

Some folks have mentioned that Thompson will have to deal with a more inflated property tax. An argument against that, though, is that he probably wouldn't sweat it that much since he doesn't necessarily have to purchase a home in the DFW Metroplex. He can stay in the city during the NBA season and head home after hopefully helping the Mavs win a championship.