HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

And now I'd argue that Thompson is even more of a lock to attract a four-year max in the summer of 2015 if he winds up in the RFA Club. Worse yet for Golden State: One real option, I'm told, is Thompson pursuing an offer sheet from a new team modeled after the loaded three-year contract structure Chandler Parsons scored from Dallas this past summer. ESPN.com

October 15, 2014 Updates
October 14, 2014 Updates

Mychal noted that the player the Warriors did not trade Klay for in the offseason, Kevin Love, would have gotten a super max contract from Golden State. Klay’s father also indicated Friday he agreed that after Utah’s Gordon Hayward got a max contract, so should his son. “I think he is (a max player), but of course, I’m his dad,” Mychal said. “You know what, though? If he wasn’t, I would say it. I can be honest about it. “I think he is. I really do. His game’s really evolving, getting better, and he really puts in the work, got a great work ethic. And he’s the kind of guy that you can trust. You know when you give him the money, he’s not going to stop working hard.” Contra Costa Times

October 12, 2014 Updates

The new wrinkle this week: the NBA's massive upcoming television rights deal, which will bring in more than $24 billion from ESPN and Turner Sports. That means everything will shoot up: team values, salary caps and player contracts. The rub is the deal doesn't kick in until 2016, meaning players who sign contracts over the next year could feel like someone who buys an iPhone right before the new version is introduced. If Thompson wants in on the gold rush on the horizon, he could always sign a one-year deal, then become a restricted free agent in 2016. "It really is tempting to do all that," Thompson said. "But I'd rather have the security right now, you know?" ESPN.com

So the question is whehter he's ready to sign by the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie contract extensions. Although reports have Thompson and the Warriors some $2 million to $3 million a year apart, the team exudes a feeling that it'll get to a number that makes Thompson happy. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even said, "He's about to get a huge payday. Life is good." As for Thompson, he says, "I'm confident. I think both sides know I want to stay with this organization. I really love the Bay, I love the organization, the front office, my teammates. I'm confident we can get it done." ESPN.com

October 10, 2014 Updates

Thompson can take statements like that right to the bargaining table, as the Warriors are three weeks away from the deadline to sign the emerging shooting guard to a contract extension or watch him become a restricted free agent next summer. "I hope it gets resolved, but it's not going to hold me back," Thompson said. "I'm still going to go out and do what I do. "Life is great." Oakland Tribune

Coach Steve Kerr said he recently spoke with Thompson about the contract issue and learned during the wellness check that it's not weighing on the 24-year-old. "In typical Klay fashion, he's like, 'Oh, no, I'm fine,' " Kerr said. "I don't think he's too concerned. He knows something really good is going to happen one way or the other." Oakland Tribune

After Thompson poured in 25 points in three quarters of a 120-105 preseason win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Staples Center, Bryant noted that there weren't many players in the NBA who can shoot, post up, go to his left and go to his right. "He has the whole package," Bryant said of Thompson, who grew up in Southern California idolizing the Lakers star. Oakland Tribune

October 9, 2014 Updates

Thompson is seeking a max deal, or something close – at least $15 million per year – while the Warriors, according to sources, hover around $13 million per. That's because Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has yet to conclude that Thompson is worth a deal that yields the salary being paid to David Lee – $15.01 million – this season. CSNBayArea.com

Marcus Thompson: I've been told "no discounts" MT @SherwoodStrauss: Klay can sign at a discount this season or sign at a likely rookie max next year Twitter @ThompsonScribe

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