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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Klay Thompson is working the Warriors hard for a max contract

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Klay Thompson is widely expected to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors this summer, but he and his representatives are working hard to ensure the team comes with a bag of cash.

Reports over the past two months have been linking Thompson to other teams in free agency, such as the LA Clippers. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner reported that Thompson will be ready to listen to offers from the Clippers and Lakers if the Warriors don’t bring the max offer of five years and $190 million.

Thompson’s team is playing hardball here. Klay may be chill and mild-mannered, but he wants the respect from the team in terms of a max deal that he has earned. If they try to do anything less, he is threatening to leave for two of their biggest rivals within the conference — teams that are emerging. The downside is those teams can only offer him a four-year deal, so the Warriors have the best position.

A few years ago, Andre Iguodala was forced to secure an offer from the Rockets in free agency before the Warriors stepped up to the plate. Thompson doesn’t want to be forced to do that, but he is willing to use that threat in order to get what he wants from Golden State.

Klay Thompson scheduled for ACL surgery this week

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson will finally have surgery on his torn ACL later this week, according to Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

Myers said Monday that Thompson has surgery scheduled by the end of the week, and will start the recovery process afterwards.

The surgery will keep Thompson out for the majority of next season. It’s not even clear if Thompson will be playing for Golden State, though there are plenty of signs that he’d prefer to stay with the Warriors, and the Warriors seem equally intent on making sure that happens.

Thompson tore his ACL in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13.

Details of reported cast for ‘Space Jam 2’ revealed

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Details regarding the anticipated cast for “Space Jam 2” have been revealed, and one of LeBron James’ new teammates is expected to join him in the film.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Wednesday that Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson are among the NBA players expected to have key roles in the movie, alongside LeBron, who will star in the film. Charania further says WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike will have key roles, with several other NBA and WNBA players appearing.

“Space Jam 2” has been discussed for several years, with LeBron’s film company working to put together a sequel despite warnings against it. A previous report said James was having a hard time securing stars for the film, with one MVP candidate saying he preferred to practice instead. Getting Lillard, Thompson and Davis on board shows there were still plenty of other players interested.

The movie was set to film this summer and has a July 2021 release date.

Beyond trying to prepare for their upcoming season together on the Lakers, Davis and James will first attempt to develop chemistry on the screen.

Mychal Thompson says ‘no question’ Klay will return to Warriors

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All signs point to Klay Thompson remaining with the Golden State Warriors.

Thompson’s father Mychal said Friday there was “no question” that Thompson would remain with Golden State despite suffering a torn ACL during Thursday’s Game 6.

Thompson always felt likely to return to Golden State before the injury. The fact that the team is still reportedly willing to offer him a max deal should pretty much clinch it.

The focus would then turn to Kevin Durant, who is facing his own free agency with the reality that he probably won’t play next season. Of course, Durant himself may have already hinted at where he sees his future, though there’s a long way to go there.

Report: Warriors still plan to offer max deals to Durant, Thompson

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The Golden State Warriors are not letting two major injuries change their offseason plans.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Warriors still intend to offer the five-year max contract to both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson despite the fact that both are facing extended spells on the sidelines due to injury.

Windhorst said that while re-signing both players would be very costly, they expect to make up the revenue to do it by moving to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

Durant is likely to miss all of next season after rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Thompson stands to miss the bulk of the year as well after suffering a torn ACL in Game 6.

Before the injuries, the Warriors had made it clear that they intended to do what they needed to do to keep their core together. They seemed less certain of that after what happened in the Finals, but in spite of it all, they’re still going to try.

2020 NBA championship odds see major shift after Klay Thompson injury

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This NBA offseason is going to be one of the most interesting in recent history after the unfortunate injuries both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suffered, and the shifting in Las Vegas odds shows just how much uncertainty there is heading into the 2019-20 season.

Even with Durant expected to miss all of next year while recovering from a torn Achilles, the Golden State Warriors still entered Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the favorites to win the title in 2020 with +190 odds. Then Thompson tore his ACL, and we saw some major changes.

As of Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks — not the Warriors — had the best odds to win it all next season. As gifdsports notes, the Los Angeles Lakers also saw their chances take a major swing from +2000 to +700.

What does it all mean? Not a whole lot, but the injuries to Durant and Thompson create a massive element of uncertainty. Thompson was considered a lock to remain with the Warriors before his torn ACL, and that may still be the case. However, can they really re-sign both him and Durant and risk not having neither play at all next season? Even if they do, Golden State may be looking at a year off from title contention.

The Eastern Conference also got weaker after Durant’s injury, which probably explains why the Bucks are now at the top of the championship odds list. While at least one East team is willing to offer Durant a max contract despite his injury, there was potential several days ago for Durant to change the landscape of the East next year. Even if he does sign with an Eastern Conference team now, he isn’t going to be able to help in 2019-20.

If Kawhi Leonard decides to stick with the Toronto Raptors, they should easily be the favorites to repeat. Having them at +800 indicates oddsmakers expect him to leave, which he may have hinted at following Game 6.

Stay tuned and fasten your seatbelts.

Klay Thompson has torn ACL

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The injury news on Klay Thompson could not be worse.

Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson injured his knee when he landed awkwardly after being fouled on a dunk attempt late in the third quarter of the game. He went down in pain and was heading to the locker room before returning to the floor to shoot two free throws, which he made.

The longtime Golden State Warriors guard later went back to the locker room and was seen leaving Oracle Arena on crutches.

Thompson was leading the Warriors with 30 points in the game at the time of his injury and finished as their leading scorer. Not only is the injury devastating for him as it could keep him out all of next season, but it also comes at a bad time financially. The 29-year-old will be a free agent this summer and was expected to sign a major contract.

Two of the Warriors’ best players from this season’s team — Kevin Durant being the other — are now entering next season facing recoveries from major injuries. Both players are expected to become free agents.