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Klay Thompson's dad explains why there's no need to negotiate with Warriors

Klay Thompson's dad explains why there's no need to negotiate with Warriors

Unless you've been living under a rock, you are well aware that Klay Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

A couple of weeks ago, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported: "Thompson has no plans to take a discount, and the Warriors don't expect him to."

And earlier this week, Klay's father essentially corroborated that information.

"The money thing is basically set in stone," Mychal Thompson told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "Everybody knows what the salary cap is, everybody knows what a player of Klay's caliber and tenure in the league is supposed to get on his next deal.

"So basically, there's no need to negotiate -- everybody's number is set because of the salary cap rules, ... He just is so comfortable and loves and appreciates playing so much for the Warriors and for the fans in the Bay Area. It makes no sense to leave."

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Translation: Klay is going to seek/demand the maximum amount of money allowed. If he makes an All-NBA team, he becomes eligible for a deal worth about $221 million over five years. If he falls short of that distinction, the max he can receive is around $190 million over five years.

Will Golden State give the four-time All-Star that kind of money? That is uncertain. But one thing that is crystal clear:

"Klay wants to stay, he wants to retire as a Golden State Warrior 10 years from now," Mychal added. "He wants to play until his late 30s ... he has no desire to ever leave the Bay. He loves it there, he loves playing with his teammates, loves playing for that organization. So believe me, when he says he wants to stay in the Bay, he 100 percent means that.

"And besides -- why would you break up the greatest shooting backcourt -- the greatest backcourt -- in the history of the game? And these guys are only halfway through. They still got a lot of years to play together, so you're not gonna break that up."

With Kevin Durant's future up in the air and Draymond Green's contract situation lingering, next summer will be absolutely fascinating.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why Mychal Thompson thinks Steph Curry will make 500 3-pointers this year

Why Mychal Thompson thinks Steph Curry will make 500 3-pointers this year

The Warriors' roster turnover this summer has been well-documented, but Mychal Thompson things it will bring out the best in Steph Curry next season.

Curry will have to adjust to life without Kevin Durant next season, after the star signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. The two-time MVP also will miss Klay Thompson -- Mychal's son -- for much of the campaign as the Splash Brother recovers from a torn ACL. Because of that, the elder Thompson thinks Curry has the potential for a record-breaking season in 2019-20.

"Now, they're not going to be as good as they were last year -- and by the way, I predict Steph is going to have 500 3s this year without having to share the ball that much back in the backcourt with Klay," Mychal said Friday on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "So he's going to come back to his MVP form we saw two years ago."

Curry set the NBA's single-season record with 402 made 3-pointers en route to the first unanimous MVP in league history in 2015-16. He did so leading a historic Warriors team that went 73-9, and Klay finished second on Golden State that season with 276 made 3-pointers. 

Klay made 241 -- and attempted 599 -- triples last year, while Curry made 354 and attempted 810. Assuming Thompson returns after the All-Star break, there could be enough touches for Curry to shatter his own record. However, summer acquisition D'Angelo Russell made just seven fewer 3-pointers than Thompson last season. He probably will take fewer shots as the No. 2 option behind Curry to start the season, but Russell's presence probably lowers Curry's record-setting ceiling. 

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Curry unquestionably will have to carry a bigger load for as long as Klay's out next season. But when his son returns, Mychal thinks the Warriors will find themselves on the same level as other Western Conference contenders. 

"[Draymond Green] is motivated to have a great year because his contract year is coming up," the elder Thompson continued.  "So I think [Curry and Green] -- and with the addition of D'Angelo Russell and the other role players that they've signed -- I think they'll be right in the mix. Somewhere between a five [or] six seed until Klay comes back 100 percent, and then they'll be ready to make their move." 

Steph Curry reveals wild prank Warriors vet played on him as rookie

Steph Curry reveals wild prank Warriors vet played on him as rookie

Hazing happens in all walks of life, including the NBA.

Before Steph Curry became a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion, he was a rookie.

While in Lake Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament last week, he revealed the following story to Chris Simms of NBC Sports on "Unbuttoned":

"I had a vet when I was a rookie -- I had my phone, mind you I'm dating my now wife at the time and I'm going on a road trip so I need my phone obviously -- we had finished practice and we were headed to the airport, and he knew where my phone was.

"He knew I always put it in this little pocket in my backpack. So after practice, I go get in the shower and put my phone in there. I'm kind of late so I'm hustling. He knows after I get out the shower I'm probably not gonna grab my phone.

"Take my phone, locks it in his locker. I get all the way to the airport and realize I don't have my phone. I get off the plane in Oklahoma City, not only did he make me leave my phone at home so I had to go to the store to get another one, he sent me on basically a two-hour errand run to go get video games and snacks.

"This is before Uber or Lyft so I'm in the yellow cab and paying for everything. That's just a headache."

Who was the veteran -- Anthony Tolliver, Corey Maggette, Ronny Turiaf, Mikki Moore or Vladimir Radmanovic? Perhaps it was Devean George?

Unfortunately, Curry did not disclose that information.

We also don't know if it was the Dubs' first or second game in Oklahoma City that season.

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On Dec. 7, Curry registered 22 points, two assists, four steals and five turnovers in a 104-88 loss (Kevin Durant recorded 28 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and six turnovers).

On Jan. 31, Curry contributed 14 points, five assists and five turnovers in a 112-104 loss (KD racked up 45 points and 11 rebounds).

That likely will remain a mystery, but what we do know is that NBA stars are just like us - pranks and all.

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