Warriors exercise third-year option on Thompson


Warriors exercise third-year option on Thompson

Of course, it was a formality. But it still had to bedone.The Warriors exercised their third-year team option onshooting guard Klay Thompson on Thursday. Thompson will earn 2.3 million in2013-14.The Warriors clearly believe Thompson is the shooting guardof the future, and that was hammered home last March when the team traded MontaEllis to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut.That opened the door for Thompson to become the Warriorsstarter, and he handled that role quite well.In 29 starts, Thompson averaged 18.1 points and 3.0 assistsper game last season. He played in all 66 games in 2011-12.Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the Warriorshold Thompsons rights for four seasons. As a first-round pick Thompsonreceived two guaranteed years, and the Warriors have the option of picking upYear No. 3 and Year No. 4.The Warriors had until Oct. 31 to exercise their option onThompson.

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout


Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron


Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

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Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller