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Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will play Wednesday’s game with a heavy heart and then will take off for the Bahamas to attend the funeral of his paternal grandfather. Thompson will miss Friday’s home game against Cleveland, but he plans to re-join the team in time for Sunday’s game at Portland. The third-year guard has never missed a game during his professional career — 214 regular-season games (after Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles) and 12 postseason contests. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season. San Francisco Chronicle

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Take the Warriors, for instance. They’ve fallen to the no. 8 spot with a flailing offense and shaky depth, but they’ve traded just about every possible pick and might have played their last low-risk card in the Jordan Crawford deal. If they really want to add an impact piece this season, they’ll either have to orchestrate another three-team trade or part with one of the Harrison Barnes/Klay Thompson duo. That would be a major step, and though Barnes especially has struggled, sources around the league say Golden State doesn’t appear ready quite yet to go this route. The Dubs also have two sizable trade exceptions they could use to take on another player, but they’ve got about only $2.5 million in wiggle room below the tax. Grantland

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Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

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Thompson had been highly sought in the 2011 NBA Draft, and the Warriors amazingly weren’t forced to trade up out of their No. 11 pick and prioritized his selection. He’ll be a prized free agent in 2015 should he reach that stage, but it is clear he’s remained deeply invested in the organization’s improvement. “I love Oakland, love this team and love the Bay Area,” Thompson told RealGM. “It’s a great area, it’s beautiful, and one of the coolest parts in the country. Best fans in the NBA RealGM

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The Cavaliers and Kings have been among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of trades, league sources say. On the heels of acquiring Rudy Gay from Toronto, the Kings are “swinging for the fences” on the trade market, one rival executive said. One top priority is shoring up the point guard position, with Andre Miller jumping to the top of the list after his falling out with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and ensuing two-game suspension. But Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro's true long-term target is said to be Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who will be a restricted free agent after next season. With the Lakers having cooled on the idea of a Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum swap, the Cavs are now exploring other ways to end their experiment with the 7-footer before his $12.25 million salary for this season becomes fully guaranteed on Tuesday. CBSSports.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

The Cavs selected Kyrie Irving first overall and Tristan Thompson fourth. Grant wanted one more pick and one of his targets was Klay Thompson. The Cavs talked to the Sacramento Kings about a deal involving J.J. Hickson for the No. 7 pick, but the Kings ultimately dealt the pick in a different deal and the Cavs sent Hickson to the Kings after the draft for Omri Casspi and a future pick. Then the Cavs had a deal in place with the Utah Jazz for the No. 12 pick, but the Warriors snatched Thompson at No. 11. The Jazz ultimately backed out of the deal with the Cavs and selected shooting guard Alec Burks. Akron Beacon Journal

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So who's taking it the hardest? Without question it's Thompson, who came out of the gate quickly at season's outset and looked like the Warriors' most improved player. He doesn't wear a bad game well, and after six tough ones in a row, he's glad to be seeing the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town Saturday night. There's just something about that purple that brings out the best in Thompson -- he has averaged 20.6 points in 10 career games against L.A., his highest against any NBA team. Thompson acknowledged that he has agonized over his poor play in recent games. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't because I take it personal when I play bad," he said. "That's probably my biggest downfall. When you play so well, you feel invincible, but it's humbling when you have a few bad games. San Jose Mercury-News

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