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Klay Thompson Prefers To Avoid Becoming Free Agent In 2015, Seeks Max Deal

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors have until Oct. 31 to reach a new contract extension. Faliure to reach a deal would lead to Thompson becoming a restricted free agent in 2015, a scenario he and his agent prefer to avoid.

Bill Duffy is widely known to be demanding a maximum deal for Thompson and sees the shooting guard as the best two-guard in the NBA.

"I don't want (Los Angeles Lakers star) Kobe Bryant to go crazy, but there's some uncertainty as to who he is right now (because of injuries that limited him to six games last season)," Duffy said. "But I think Klay Thompson right now is the top two-way, two-guard in basketball. I think when you look at his body of work, when you look at what he accomplished guarding point guards on a regular basis (last season), I think it's pretty clear."

Thompson last season posted career highs in points (18.4 per game), field-goal percentage (44.4%) and three-point percentage (41.7%), and he typically guarded the opposing team's best perimeter player. Thompson followed the NBA season by averaging 12.7 points per game for Team USA.

Joe Lacob did not discuss a possible extension for Thompson but made it clear that he is seen as a major priority.

"We love Klay," Lacob said in an e-mail. "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."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Gustavo Ayon Being Pursued By Shandong

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association is making a strong push for Gustavo Ayon, a source tells RealGM.

Ayon had reached a deal with Real Madrd, but his buyout clause had become an issue.

Ayon spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks and had an impressive World Cup.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Ricky Rubio 'Loyal' To Wolves As Sides Discuss Extension

Ricky Rubio's agent and the Minnesota Timberwolves have discussed a contract extension for the point guard and talks will continue until the Oct. 31 deadline.

"I'm loyal," Rubio said. "I want to give them back what they gave me there: a lot of love."

Rubio would become a restricted free agent if the two sides cannot reach a new deal.

Flip Saunders must decide on the Timberwolves' vision of Rubio as a franchise cornerstone.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Finalizing Contract With Xavier Silas

Free agent guard Xavier Silas is finalizing a contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources told RealGM.

Silas was a final release out of the Wizards’ training camp a year ago, but he grew close to several players and continued to work out in the team’s practice facility this summer. The Wizards will give him another opportunity to earn a regular season roster spot.

Silas, a 6-foot-5 two-guard, averaged 19.4 minutes, 5.5 points and two rebounds in two regular season games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-12.

Silas, 26, went undrafted in 2011 after four seasons at Northern Illinois.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Thompson 'Super Excited' Warriors Didn't Trade Him For Love

Klay Thompson was involved in trade speculation with the Minnesota Timberwovles and Kevin Love, but preferred to stay with the Golden State Warriors.

"I'm super excited to be back," Thompson said. "I love the Bay Area. I love the Warriors, the fans. I just love our team.

"I wasn't really pissed. 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."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Spurs Open To Sign-And-Trade Deal For Ayon Baynes

The San Antonio Spurs are open to signing-and-trading Aron Baynes, according to source.

Baynes is coming off a strong World Cup for Australia.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Heat To 'Tweak' System, Gamble Less On Defense

The Miami Heat lost LeBron James in the offseason and have also made some key changes to their coaching staff, which will result in a vastly different identity.

“You will see some tweaks in how we play,” said a Heat official.

Miami's gambling defense, which left open too many three-point shooters, needs addressing.

“We can’t just show up and expect to win it in the fourth quarter any more,” said the official.

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Mario Chalmers Didn't Expect Heat To Re-Sign Him

After having a poor performance in the NBA Finals, Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Miami Heat as a free agent.

"I didn't think I'd be back," Chalmers said. "I didn't think that at all. I didn't even think the Heat would want me back, to be honest. That's how I felt like my playoff performance was, that they didn't want me back, they wanted to go another direction. So that was in my mind, too, but I was like, if it happens, it happens."

Chalmers received some encouragement from Heat general manager AndyElisburg, who called Chalmers in free agency to tell him that the team still had an interest in retaining him.

"I at least knew that one team wanted me right now," Chalmers said. "So that was a good thing."

Via Ethan J. Skolnick

Deron Williams: Haven't Spoken To Jason Kidd Since He Left Nets

Deron Williams said Monday that he has not spoken to Jason Kidd since Kidd left the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks in July.

Williams and Kidd had a close relationship at one point.

Kidd spent one season as Nets' coach.

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

JaKarr Sampson Signs Three-Year Deal With 76ers

JarKarr Sampson has signed a partially guaranteed three-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sampson played for the 76ers in the July NBA summer league.

Sampson went undrafted out of St. John's.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events

USA Basketball advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

Lou Amundson Works Out For Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are one of the teams Lou Amundson is considering signing with on a camp deal.

Heat Sign Khem Birch

Khem Birch averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field in Summer League.

Earl Clark Agrees To Camp Deal With Grizzlies

Earl Clark has agreed upon a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, according to sources.

Kevin Garnett Still Hasn't Informed Nets If He'll Play In 14-15

Kevin Garnett has one season and $12 million remaining on his contract.

Grantham: NBA Front Offices Need More Diversity

Charles Grantham severed as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association from 1978 until 1995 had some interesting opinions about the issues that have faced the Hawks in regards to race.

Milos Teodosic Would Seek $3M+ Annually To Come To NBA

Milos Teodosic, 27, went undrafted in 2009 when he was at Olympiacos.

Danny Ferry's Leave From Hawks Expected To Become Permanent

Danny Ferry's "leave of absence" as general manager of the Hawks will almost assuredly become permanent.

Gay Upset With Fractured Jaw, Broken Tooth From 'Dirty Play' By Lithuania

Rudy Gay took an elbow to the top of his mouth in the third quarter of Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Lakers Work Out Pooh Jeter, Ronnie Price, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler, James Nunnally

Pooh Jeter is currently signed to a deal overseas, while Ronnie Price, Wayne Elliington, Jeremy Tyler and James Nunnally are NBA free agents.

Tobias Harris Hopeful To Reach Contract Extension With Magic

Tobias Harris is confident in his fit with the Magic.

Hedo Turkoglu Re-Signs With Clippers

The Clippers have re-signed Hedo Turkoglu.

Devon Collier To Sign With Bnei Herzliya After Declining NBA Camp Deal

Devon Collier has passed on an invitation to NBA training camp to sign a deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel, sources told RealGM.

Jim Dolan Spending Less Time Around Knicks, Not Involved In Free Agency

Jim Dolan says he has taken a step back as owner of the Knicks.

Danny Ferry Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence From Hawks

Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence as general manager of the Hawks, the team announced Friday.

Kenneth Faried Noticing Increased Respect From Team USA Play

Kenneth Faried said he is not concerned about his contractual status but will focus on it once he is finished with Team USA.

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Shanghai Sharks

Delonte West played for the Clippers in the NBA Summer League this July.

Chris Crawford Signs Two-Year Deal With Cavaliers

Chris Crawford signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers, including partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

Bird, George Release Statements For Tweets On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Larry Bird and Paul George released statements on Thursday regarding tweets that were sent out by George stemming from Ray Rice's domestic violence incident.

Jerome Jordan Signs With Nets

Jerome Jordan spent last season with Virtus Bologna in the Italian League.
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