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October 29, 2014 Updates

Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects contract extension talks with guard Klay Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, to continue into the start of the season. Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday before the team’s season opener in Sacramento that the two sides have been talking daily. If they cannot strike a deal before Friday, Thompson will become a restricted free agent after the season when the Warriors can match another team’s offer sheet. “As long as you’re talking, deals have a chance of getting done,” Myers told the station. “You worry about a deal getting done if both sides aren’t speaking, and we’re talking, and we’ll see. It seems like a short window here, but still got about 48 hours to see if we can consummate something, so we’re hoping we can, and we’ll keep working at it.” Contra Costa Times

Mychal Thompson has said that his son, Klay, is seeking a maximum-salary contract. Myers has declined to comment on the nature of negotiations with the 24-year-old Thompson, who averaged a team-leading 21.7 points per game in the preseason. Contra Costa Times

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Cho said. “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.” NBA.com

Zach Lowe: But they had to wait out Carmelo and LeBron. And now there’s a lot of talk about players not wanting to play with Kobe. What appealed to you about the Lakers? Isaiah Thomas: First off, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. Who wouldn’t want to play for them? Second off, I felt like they always needed a point guard — a small guard like myself. I always envisioned myself playing with the Lakers, but like you said, they were waiting on Carmelo and other moves. The Suns came out of nowhere and showed a lot of interest, and I fell in love with them. Grantland

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