HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

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Warriors guard Klay Thompson is out for Sunday’s game at Phoenix due to a sprained right hand, marking the first time in his career he’ll miss a game due to injury. Thompson suffered the injury in Saturday’s win at Houston. An X-ray examination conducted after the game was negative, but the shooting guard was scratched after feeling discomfort during warmups in Phoenix. Contra Costa Times

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Thompson deflected a lot of the praise for his hot start to teammates, specifically Andrew Bogut. "We're just scratching the surface of what we can be," Thompson declared. "Coach Kerr has really put an emphasis on moving the ball. We're without one of our best passing big men right now in David Lee. When we get him back, he's gonna make us that more dangerous ... Andrew Bogut has been such a good player for us. I can't describe how good his passing is. He gets me so many good looks every night. I should give a percentage of my contract to him now..." CSNBayArea.com

November 5, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: Not sure if this has been reported yet, but Klay Thompson's extension is technically not a max. Explanation tomorrow on @Grantland33. (The difference is probably going to be negligible/nothing, but GSW did something interesting with Klay's contract). Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

November 4, 2014 Updates

On Monday, the NBA named Thompson the Western Conference player of the week after averaging 29.7 points and shooting 53.7% from the floor, including 45.5% on threes, as Golden State opened the season 3-0. "He's just playing well and staying confident and living in the moment which is huge for him," backcourt partner Stephen Curry said. "Obviously, he's been a big talk of the league and he's been able to answer it with his play on the court and by staying focused on what's really important. Every contribution he's made has been huge for us to get these three wins." USA Today Sports

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Myers added that there were once questions about Thompson’s defense, and those have since been answered since by the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011. Thompson excelled at 3-point shooting as expected according to Myers has improved daily in his all-around game. “This contract is well deserved, and I think that’s the best compliment I can give Klay,” Myers said. “He earned it. “I think what it says to fans is this organization will do whatever it takes to win.” Contra Costa Times

November 1, 2014 Updates

Curry, who signed a four-year, $44 million extension exactly two years earlier at a time when he was dealing with ankle issues, had it enter his mind that Thompson will be in place the next time he has his own contract decision to make. “That’s a big statement for sure,” Curry said Saturday of ownership and the front office awarding Thompson a maximum-salary contract. “They’re committed to putting together the roster that they feel is capable of winning a championship and doing whatever it takes to maintain that. Obviously I don’t know what the situation will be in two years (when his contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season). The direction that we’re headed is definitely promising for sure. “To know a guy that I’ve been playing with for four years now who will have a couple more years under our belt and hopefully have some things to be proud of once we get to that point, then that will be something that I’ll definitely take into account and know what the situation might be at that point.” Contra Costa Times

Only six of the 14 players taken int the lottery beat the deadline and got richer. That means the draft was so-so at best and disappointing at worst. But complicating matters is the smell of big money down the road. Thanks to the new TV deal and the looming labor negotiations in a few years, some players are willing to place bets on themselves and hold out for a few extra dollars. It’s also known as the Kawhi Leonard route. The MVP of the 2014 Finals and 15th overall pick had hoped for a max deal, didn’t get one from the Spurs, and will try the market next summer during restricted free agency. But he was the big exception, and so, we survey the scene for the first-round winners and losers. Winners: Klay Thompson (drafted No. 11): Got four years and $70 million from the Warriors to make a big, umm, splash. NBA.com

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