NBA rumors: Expect Klay Thompson to Clippers if Warriors don't offer max

NBA rumors: Expect Klay Thompson to Clippers if Warriors don't offer max

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday night at 5, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors are gearing up for Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff series against the Rockets on Monday night.

But on Monday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski provided an update on how NBA free agency might impact the Dubs in two months.

Klay Thompson -- who repeatedly has said that he wants to stay with Golden State long term -- will become an unrestricted free agent at 9:01 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30. And if the Warriors want him to re-sign, there is one thing they need to do.

"If they come with a five-year, $190 million max deal for Klay Thompson, that's done on July 1 -- he's going into the new building with Steph Curry," Woj said on Get Up! "If they try to do anything less than that, you can expect Klay Thompson to be out in free agency.

"Watch not for the Lakers, then, but the Clippers."

The new piece of information here is that the five-time All-Star would turn his sights to the Clippers over the Lakers.

Klay's father, Mychal, is the Lakers' radio analyst and he won two NBA championships playing alongside Magic Johnson and Co. in 1987 and 1988.

But there is a lot of turmoil within that organization, and things are very much unsettled (they don't even have a coach right now).

The Clippers, meanwhile, are in position for sustained success, and they employ Jerry West. Don't forget that The Logo was instrumental in preventing Golden State from trading Klay to Minnesota for Kevin Love years back.

If you're a Warriors fan and you're concerned that the franchise isn't going to give Klay the max, you should remain calm.

Back in mid-October, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that "Thompson has no plans to take a discount, and the Warriors don't expect him to, league sources say." This would seem to indicate the Warriors are prepared to to give him the most money possible.

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And speaking of money, Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic in early February: "We can do whatever we want [financially]. And you should expect that that’s not going to be a reason this team … doesn’t stay great going forward. We have the capital to pay our players what they deserve. And we will ... nobody's going to outspend us."

Do you feel better?


Now go be stressed about Game 4 in Houston.

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Why Warriors' defense, not turnovers, indicates NBA playoff success

Why Warriors' defense, not turnovers, indicates NBA playoff success

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each playoff game and 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

Throughout the Steve Kerr era of Warriors basketball, one of the biggest statistical indicators of their success -- or failure -- has been turnovers.

When Golden State is at its best, the ball is flying around the court with great accuracy and efficiency, and the Warriors rack up assists at higher levels than the NBA has ever seen. But whether they're dealing with bouts of apathy, loss of focus or a flair for theatrics, the Warriors can be prone to turning the ball over at a high clip.

Near the end of the regular season, I noted that the Warriors were (at the time) 27-2 when they posted an assist-to-turnover ratio better than 2.2-1. There was a clear and obvious correlation between the Warriors' record and their ability to be careful with the ball during the regular season, but that hasn't been the case in the playoffs. 

The Warriors' turnover totals have been boom or bust through eight NBA playoff games this year. They have committed 13 or fewer turnovers in five games, which is well below their season average and an efficient figure the Warriors strive for. In the other three games, Golden State has made its coaching staff wince by committing no fewer than 20 turnovers. 

So, both of the Warriors' losses this postseason must have been during two of those high turnover games, right? Wrong.

The Warriors unsurprisingly lost when they committed a playoff-high 22 turnovers in a historic collapse against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round series. The Warriors' inept shooting and lackadaisical defense helped the Clippers get back in the game, but Golden State's recklessness with the ball fed plenty of LA's transition opportunities.

And yet, the more eye-catching result this postseason is that the other Warriors defeat to the Clippers came in Game 5, when Golden State turned the ball over a playoff-low eight times. Because of this turnover anomaly, the Warriors are 2-1 in games in which their assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.9-1 or better, and they are 4-1 when their ratio is 2.1-1 or worse. 

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Normally, the Warriors' defense is at its worst when the offense is careless with the ball, since the other team is gifted multiple opportunities to attack before Golden State's defense is set. But in Game 5 of the first round, the Warriors primarily lacked focus on the defensive end and allowed 129 points to the Clippers' highly efficient offense.

Naturally, the Warriors' two worst playoff games in terms of defensive efficiency this postseason were losses. 

As the competition gets stiffer, including during this Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets, the Warriors will have to be as cautious with the ball as possible. But, the team's defensive effort could be the difference between the Warriors three-peating and an early exit. 

Steve Kerr wants changes to technical foul suspensions in NBA playoffs

Steve Kerr wants changes to technical foul suspensions in NBA playoffs

OAKLAND - Heading into the second round of the NBA playoffs, the Warriors still have a myriad of obstacles entering the hyped Western Conference semifinals matchup with the Houston Rockets. 

Chief among them is the team's relationship with the referees. Through six postseason games, the Warriors have accumulated six technical fouls as a team. Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have combined for five. 

Adding to Golden State's conundrum, seven individual technicals trigger an automatic suspension for a player -- no matter how far his team advances in the playoffs. With that in mind, Warriors coach Steve Kerr hopes the bylaw changes in the near future. 

"I'll never understand the rule," Kerr said Saturday afternoon at the team's practice facility. "Whether you go lose in four games in the first round or you play 25 games and you go to the Finals, it's the same technical foul points that lead to a suspension. Seems strange." 

The Warriors have had their share of troubles with officials this season. They accumulated 77 technical fouls in the 82-game regular season, plus four player ejections and five flagrant fouls. Green and Durant finished the season tied for second in the league with 16 technical fouls. 

While the NBA reset technical totals at the start of the postseason, it didn't stop Green and Durant from getting reprimanded. Durant tallied three technical fouls - with one getting rescinded -  through the first two games of the playoffs, including an ejection after standing over Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. 

In Friday's 129-110 series-clinching win over the Clippers in Game 6, Green received his second technical of the postseason after arguing a foul call with referee David Guthrie late in the fourth quarter, much to Kerr's chagrin. 

"I thought it was way too quick," Kerr said. "I swear he said 'tell me what I have to do better. I think he was called for a foul, I think he had good verticality. It's a questionable call but that happens all the time. He ran over to him, he said 'tell me what I have to do to defend that better' and he got a 'T.' So I was surprised and we'll see what happens. But we have to understand that we have to be on alert."

While Green and Durant have been among the league leaders in technical fouls in recent seasons, both have shown restraint when faced with an automatic suspension. With another deep playoff run expected, Kerr believes both players won't put the Warriors' season in jeopardy by earning suspensions. 

"I do know that Kevin and Draymond have a good feel for when they reach that number and they generally are able to shut that emotion off when they need to."  

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As for the current rule in place, Kerr says he's talked to league commissioner Adam Silver and league officials about possibly adjusting the technical rule for teams that advance and hopes that one day the current structure will change. 

"There's a lot of work goes on behind the scenes and I'm confident that they consider everything but you're not going to get a lot of sympathy," he said. 

"The way it is now doesn't make a ton of sense," Kerr added. "I'd like to see it revisited but that's coming from a guy that gets a lot of technical fouls and plays deep in the playoffs so I'm a little biased."