HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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