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Lakers guard Quinn Cook thought Warriors wanted him back next season

Lakers guard Quinn Cook thought Warriors wanted him back next season

The Warriors extended a $1.9 million qualifying offer to Quinn Cook on June 29, which made him a restricted free agent.

But when Golden State agreed to terms on the sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Durant to Brooklyn and D'Angelo Russell to the Dubs, Cook's offer had to be rescinded because him signing it would have sent the Warriors over the "hard cap" or "tax apron."

In the end, the 6-foot-2 guard signed a two-year contract with the Lakers that will pay him $3 million annually (with $1 million guaranteed in 2020-21).

On Thursday, the 2018 NBA champion spoke to reporters on a conference call to discuss his new deal (h/t Harrison Faigen of SB Nation).

"Obviously, being a restricted free agent is different, so I really didn't know what to expect. I felt that Golden State would want me back, just for what I've done the past few years. And when they gave me my qualifying offer, it definitely felt good just to know I'd have a job next year.

But I had some interest from some teams ... but not enough to offer me anything, and I was ready to sign my qualifying offer back with Golden State, and they withdrew it. So I was just unrestricted, and I had some teams reach out, then the Lakers thing came about, and it was just perfect. 

Our talks were great and everything went how it was supposed to, and we got it done."

Despite the fact that the Warriors rescinded the QO, they could have brought Cook back on a minimum contract (or slightly above). But the franchise elected to sign Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III instead, and still has Alfonzo McKinnie on a non-guaranteed deal.

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Cook ended up getting nearly double the money he would have received in Golden State and signed with his late father's favorite team, so it more than worked out for the 26-year-old.

Not a bad story for a guy who went undrafted in 2015 ...

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Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.