September 20, 2019 | 7:54 am EDT Update
The 2014 World Cup was memorable for Curry and Thompson because they bonded off the court in Spain, something they donāt get to do much normally. Thompson said it would be a dream to share a backcourt with Curry in Tokyo. āThat would be amazing,ā Thompson said. āAmazing. Because even when we played in the World Championships together, we were barely on the floor together.ā Thompson is the latest star to express a desire to play in the Olympics, joining Curry and Damian Lillard.
Despite their intentions, Curry and Thompson playing in the Olympics canāt be considered a lock. If the Warriors somehow went on a deep run into the postseason, it would be their sixth straight year doing so. Turning around and going to Japan to play more might be untenable. Thus, an early postseason exit might be required for their hopes to be fulfilled. Plus, Thompsonās availability will be contingent upon his recovery from a torn ACL.
One former Eastern Conference general manager that spoke to HoopsHype believes Siakam has a strong case to earn a max extension this summer. āSiakam has a legit case for a max,ā he said. āWould I give the max to any of the other players up for extensions? Hell no. I consider these factors: whether the player has an impact on winning, whether he is a great fit for our culture, whether he still has room for growth and whether he can be the best player on a championship-caliber team.ā
A Western Conference coach agreed: āWith Toronto in the situation that theyāre in, no longer having Kawhi Leonard or Danny Green, Pascal Siakam may be a safe bet for them and they may want to give him a max extension to lock him up. Iāve been impressed with his development; heās improved into a highly, highly serviceable player whoās very efficient and does a lot for that team. From the outside looking in, it seems like heāll be able to continue his development too. He seems highly motivated and very grateful to be in the situation heās in and he doesnāt take anything for granted.ā
Another Western Conference executive agreed that heās not worth the max, telling HoopsHype: āOut of Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Buddy Hield, , I donāt think any of them will get the max or deserve the max. If I was running each team, I would force them to play it out. In some situations, keeping their cap holds is so much more beneficial. You should only extend if you get a below-market-value deal or if itās a no-brainer extension.ā
Q: P.J. Tucker has said he would seek a contract extension but has two seasons remaining on his contract. Assuming agreement on the terms, would that make sense to have his contract line up with the rest of your core players? Or could you just guarantee the second year and deal with it with one season left as you did with Eric Gordon? Daryl Morey: Weāre open to the concept of extensions early. We have done it with players in the past. Normally, itās the James Harden type players. Weāre open to it. That said, I have found you donāt really get to an agreement with what both sides are looking at to how the extension can work realistically until you are one year out. I wouldnāt expect any other extension from us this year, mostly because everyone is signed for multiple years.
Fresh off of his first season with Ice Cubeās BIG3 League, former NBA point guard Mario Chalmers is looking to make his return to the NBA. āYeah, Iām definitely still looking,ā Chalmers told ClutchPoints in a 1-on-1 following the BIG3 championship game in Los Angeles. āI havenāt worked out with anybody, but Iām definitely still looking to get back there.ā