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September 15, 2014 Updates

Thompson and the Warriors have until Oct. 31 to agree on an extension that would ensure the "Splash Brothers," as he and All-Star point guard Stephen Curry have been dubbed, are in the same pool for years to come. Failing to reach a deal would mean he'll become a restricted free agent next summer, a scenario that Thompson and his agent, Bill Duffy, would prefer to avoid. Yet Duffy is widely known to be demanding a maximum contract that the Warriors would prefer not to pay. His reasoning? He sees Thompson as the best shooting guard in the game. USA Today Sports

Warriors owner Joe Lacob preferred not to discuss the extension situation but made it clear that Thompson is seen as a major priority for their program. As he pointed out, the organization has been making moves with Thompson in mind for quite some time now. In March 2012, they traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks not only to land center Andrew Bogut, but also to make room for Thompson during his rookie season. "We love Klay," Lacob said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports. "He is clearly an integral part of our team and our future. I remember sitting courtside at Stanford Pac-12 games watching Klay at (Washington State) for three years. I thought he could be a prototype big shooting guard in the NBA and we targeted him in the draft and were ecstatic to be able to draft him at (No.) 11 in the first round. We traded an excellent guard freeing up a starting spot for him and, as is known, despite many requests from other teams over the last few years, we have continued to bet on his continued development. We are very proud that he is a Warrior and also of his major contribution on this year's USA Basketball team. We are looking forward to a great year for Klay, the Splash Brothers and the Warriors." USA Today Sports

"I wasn't really pissed," Thompson said. "I was more just worried about being traded, just because I'm so comfortable in the Bay. I think that's natural for anybody (to not want to) just get up and move. I mean it wouldn't have been the end of the world, but it's a business, and I'm still playing ball for a living. I was more happy when they showed faith in me that they didn't want to budge and trade me for a guy (in Love) who's a multiple all-NBA guy and a proven All-Star. I thought that was really cool that the Warriors believed in my potential." USA Today Sports

With the start of training camp practices just two weeks and one day away, the Wizards have begun putting the finishing touches on the list of attendees. The team signed guard Xavier Silas to a training camp contract and are finalizing an identical deal with swingman Damion James, a person with knowledge of the transactions said Monday. Washington Post

Shandong Flaming Bulls are strongly pursuing two players, because they need a center for next season: Serbian Miroslav Radulijca and Mexican Gustavo Ayon, the second one reported by Shams Charania. Radulijca increased his value playing an important role in World Cup, where Serbia reached the Final Game against USA. Ayon is in talks with Real Madrid and San Antonio Spurs, but can consider the big offer (around $2.000.000) and decide to take his talents to China. Sportando

Pooh Jeter has no intention to leave his team Shandong Flaming Bulls. There were speculations about his possible signing with the Lakers because of a workout with other players in L.A., but the Ukrainian point guard told Beijing Time he's loyal and will come back to China. Pooh Jeter: "I was a native of Los Angeles who grew as Lakers' fan and so I'm very honored to receive their invitation, I will train in L.A. for two weeks, but I'll play in Shandong also becuase I have a contract with them". Sportando

According to Sports Sina, Liaoning Hunters made a mega offer to push reigning CBA MVP Lester Hudson to choose them as team for next season. The player is pursued by Liaoning and Xinjiang Flying Tigers, who're trying to extend the deal with the American guard-forward. Liaoning, according to CBA insiders, made a one-year, $1.400.000 to Hudson and now they are closer to agree to terms with him. Sportando

Shams Charania: Free agent center Denzel Bowles has a workout with the Pistons today, possibly the Bulls upcoming, league source tells RealGM. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Shams Charania: Shandong of China is making strong pursuit for NBA free agent Gustavo Ayon, source tells RealGM. Euro buyout's become issue w/ Real Madrid. Twitter @ShamsCharania

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