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September 16, 2014 Updates

Add another name to the Spurs’ workout list. Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Jamaal Franklin has been in San Antonio the last few days working out for the Spurs, a league source told the Express-News. Franklin, a 2013 second round pick, was waived by the Grizzlies last month. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 21 games last season. The interesting thing about Franklin is that he’s close to Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. Both players attended San Diego State and Franklin was a guest at Leonard’s basketball clinic last month in Moreno Valley, California. San Antonio Express-News

If it wasn’t for FIBA’s tanking allegations against his Boomers team at the World Cup in Spain, Ingles — Australia’s unofficial captain and star of its ill-fated campaign — would be in a perfect place. “There’s been interest from the NBA and Europe as well,” the 26-year-old, 203cm swingman said. Coming off a Euroleague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Ingles is primed to make the NBA jump after passing last year on an opportunity with Memphis Grizzlies. “Having won a Euroleague now, I have Europe on a backburner and there is a very, very good chance of going to the US,” he said. The Courier-Mail

Reluctant to name the clubs pursuing him, Ingles said they were clubs which had kept an eye on him in the past. “I’m 99 per cent sure I’ll be there,” he said of the NBA. “I won’t be on a guaranteed contract and will be trying to make the team but that in itself is motivation for me to go in and work. “I’m excited. The situation I’m going to is a team which has followed me. “I’ve spoken with general managers and coaches in the last few days. “In Europe, a lot of the time, especially at the bigger clubs, you’re in a system that’s already built and in offences that are already set. “Being able to sort through some teams and see a situation where I can play is a fun experience.” The Courier-Mail

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

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