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Klay opens up about possible discount: '100 percent, it'd be different if...'

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Klay opens up about possible discount: '100 percent, it'd be different if...'

Klay Thompson is not scheduled to hit the market until the summer of 2019, but his free agency is already a topic of discussion.

Last Friday, he told Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic that he "probably could" take a discount and sign a contract below the max.

[POOLE: Simple as to why Klay Thompson would consider taking a discount]

And on Wednesday in China, the three-time All-Star was asked more questions about his future.

“We’re talking like 24 months away,” Thompson told reporters (quotes from Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group). “But it’s something that definitely crossed my mind, especially when you see guys like Kevin (Durant) doing it.

"100 percent, it’d be different if I was making scraps off the court. But I’ve been very blessed to be a part of winning team. When you’re part of a winning team, everybody gets to eat.

"So that’s why I’m indebted to the guys around me. Without them, I would not have the deals that I have.”

In late June, Thompson's representatives negotiated a new contract with Anta.

The deal runs through 2026 and could be worth as much as $80 million in total, according to Nice Kicks' Nick DePaula.

The original deal Thompson signed back in 2014 was for six years at a reported $2 million annually.

The 27-year old also has sponsorship agreements with BODYARMOR Sports Drink and Built with Chocolate Milk.

“I’m obviously all for guys getting as much as they can while they have the opportunity to play because this career goes by quick,” Steph Curry said from China. “But the beauty we have here is guys have the opportunity and what we want to continue to have is guys have the choice to do what they feel so right for the betterment of the team and themselves.

"That’s not always the case around the NBA. So it’s a direct reflection of what we’ve been able to create here and the success we’ve had and how much more success we want to have.”

Said Steve Kerr: “We have a special group ... our guys know how special this era is. I think that’s the main thing Klay is trying to express. This is a pretty special era. We know this isn’t going to last for a long time. We’d like to be part of it and also know how special it is to be a part of it.

"That means more than money. That doesn’t mean you’re going to give up everything. But you do what you can to make a living and make the best living you can and best life that you can. Whatever balance that is, that’s what guys are going to do.”

In October 2014, Thompson signed a 4-year extension with the Warriors worth just below $69 million.

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

Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC

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Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC

When it rains, it pours for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After starting the season 24-9, they have cratered. Including two losses to the Warriors and one to the Kings, the Cavs are 3-8 over their last 11 games.

During the stretch, they suffered through a four-game losing streak and nearly blew a 23-point lead against the Magic on Thursday.

But nothing was worse than what happened in front of a national TV audience on Saturday. The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into Quicken Loans Arena and hung 148 points on the defending Eastern Conference champs and won by 24 points.

Saturday's performance was so bad, former Cavs head coach David Blatt took a shot at them before coaching the Team Europe in the Turkish Basketball Super League All-Star Game in Instabul.

Asked by a sideline reporter for his thoughts on the game he was about to coach, Blatt offered this:

"Well, I don't think we're going to have any problem scoring. I'm just wondering if we're going to defend anybody. That's what I'm worried about," Blatt said.

The reporter followed up by asking for his expectation of the final score. That's when Blatt threw a haymaker at the team that fired him during the 2015-16 season despite a 30-11 record.

"Well, I hope we don't give up as many points as the Cavaliers did last night," Blatt said.

Ouch.

Unfortunately for Blatt, Team Europe lost 151-142 to Team Asia.

Clint Capela claims Rockets are better than Warriors; champs not worried

Clint Capela claims Rockets are better than Warriors; champs not worried

The Rockets are riding high after their 116-108 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

Maybe a little too high.

After the game, starting center Clint Capela had some bold things to say about the rivalry.

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them. We've got to keep playing. We know that they're going to come back if we have the lead, and we've just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense -- all the switches, the weak side -- and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. We are better than them," Capela told ESPN after the game in Houston.

The young big man doubled down.

"We're definitely the best in the league with everybody healthy. We've definitely got a chance to get that 1-seed back. The thing is, of course, we're excited because it's the Warriors, but Monday is an important game, too. If we lose and the [Warriors] win their game, what was the point? The next game, every single time, is going to be the key to go get the No. 1, first seed," Capela told ESPN.

Guard Eric Gordon didn't go as far, but still compared the Rockets favorably to the Warriors.

"Offensively, we're just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they're a championship team. They're consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can't have those. That's why we've got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort," Gordon said via ESPN.

The Rockets won the season-series with the Warriors by taking two out of the three meetings. They now trail the Warriors by 3.5 games in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

But are they really better than the defending NBA champs? Are the Warriors worried at all about the Rockets?

"The season starts over when you're in the playoffs anyway, so it doesn't matter. You're going to have to get through these teams to get to where you want to go. You have to play at home and on the road, so it really doesn't matter. We just want to be playing good basketball when it comes down to that point," Warriors forward Kevin Durant told ESPN after the game.

Draymond Green really didn't want to hear about home-court advantage.

"It's game 40-what? Seven, eight? Who we play on Tuesday? We just got to get ready for [New York]. Home court will take care of itself down the road," told reporters after the game.

With no more meetings during the regular season, the next time the two teams could meet, assuming they finish with the top two seeds, is in the Western Conference Finals. So we'll have to wait until May to see if the Rockets can back up the tough talk.