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Mychal Thompson doesn't see Klay Thompson joining Lakers in free agency

Mychal Thompson doesn't see Klay Thompson joining Lakers in free agency

You've probably heard that this summer will be a critical one for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

After falling flat on their face in Year 1 of the James era, the Purple and Gold will be doing anything in their power to sign another star this summer to team up with James.

The Lakers, however, probably shouldn't plan to try and court Klay Thompson.

Yes, the Warriors sharpshooting star would be the perfect fit alongside James, and his Southern California ties make him a likely summer target for Rob Pelinka and whoever takes over Magic Johnson's role as president of basketball operations. Also, Thompson's father, Mychal, is a former Laker and current radio broadcaster for the team. Some believe he could play a role in getting his son to leave the dynasty by the Bay in order to start a new one at Staples Center. 

But that line of thinking couldn't be further from the truth. While Mychal would love for his son to come home to LA someday, he won't try and pressure him to come help James and the Lakers.

“He’ll be happy here, he loves the good weather,” Mychal told Kyle Goon of The OC Register. “I always tell him when he’s retired, he’ll have another 40 years to spend here. He’s in no rush to get back.”

In fact, Thompson has already suggested his son move across the Bay to San Francisco to have better access to the Chase Center when it opens next season.

Of course, with the Lakers missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, Mychal is hounded by fans about his son's upcoming free agency. But while the two-time NBA champion believes the Lakers will figure it out, he doesn't think it'll be because Klay comes to save the day.

“I can’t go anywhere,” Mychal said. “Ultimately it’s a compliment: Lakers fans want him to play here. But I don’t think that way. I think the Lakers are gonna be fine. I don’t see Klay coming out here as a savior.”

The Lakers appear to be running out of free agent options and it's only April.

Kevin Durant, should he choose to opt out of his contract and leave the Warriors, appears destined to head east and play for the New York Knicks, while the Los Angeles Clippers seem like the frontrunner to land Kawhi Leonard, While Kyrie Irving reportedly will give the Lakers a meeting, it seems unlikely that the star guard would opt to play alongside James again after he forced his way out of the star's shadow less than two years ago. 

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If the Lakers strike out on all of the top-tier stars, they'll be forced to choose between paying Jimmy Butler a king's ransom starting at age 29 or rolling over their cap space until 2020 when they can sign Anthony Davis -- should he still want to come to Tinseltown. 

What's good news for the Warriors is bad news for the Lakers, as it appears -- at least for now -- that Klay will be staying in the Bay.

Twitter suspends Houston Rockets' account for violating the rules

Twitter suspends Houston Rockets' account for violating the rules

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Things just aren't going well for the Rockets.

About a week and a half ago, the Warriors ended Houston's season for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Over the weekend, the team fired its defensive coordinator, Jeff Bzdelik.

And on Monday:

At this point, we have no clue what triggered the suspension.

Oh, and how could we forget general manager Daryl Morey's strange tweet late last Friday night:

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Houston, we have a problem (sorry).

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Kevin Durant responds to Chris Broussard's 'worst nightmare' take

Kevin Durant responds to Chris Broussard's 'worst nightmare' take

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

So here's what happened:

On Monday morning, Chris Broussard of Fox Sports tweeted the following:

About five minutes later, Kevin Durant responded:

And then he responded to somebody else's response:

On Friday, here is what Broussard said on his radio show:

"Right now, Kevin Durant's worst nightmare is coming to pass. We'll see if it continues. They may lose to Portland for all we know ... or they may lose to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals, or Toronto if they get there.

"Doubt it. I'm picking Golden State to go all the way with or without Kevin Durant. But here's why it's his worst nightmare. I'm sure that on a certain level, Kevin Durant is pulling for Golden State to win every single game. I really believe that. But he's a human being.

"And as much as I love you Jonas, if I was off for three weeks for whatever reason and you filled in and the show just took off, and callers were calling in (saying), 'Jonas, it's better with you! We don't need Chris. You and Rob, it should be you guys!' That would hurt.

"I want you to do well. But I don't want you to do better without me. I want to be missed. I want to be needed. And that's because I'm a human being. And so is Kevin Durant.

"When you see the Golden State Warriors go out there -- they're more fun to watch. Steph Curry and Draymond Green are playing their best basketball of the year ... and now people are wondering if they even need KD.

"If people were already belittling the two championships that Kevin Durant has won with Golden State, what in the world do you think they're gonna think of those two championships if the Golden State Warriors win it all without him?"

If you bet $20,000 on Andre Iguodala weighing in on Twitter, today is your lucky day.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP responded in a NSFW manner, so check it out right here:

Fortunately, the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP is expected to return to game action should the Warriors get past the Trail Blazers and advance to the NBA Finals (which is the expectation at this point because the Dubs lead the series 3-0 and no team has ever blown a three-games-to-none advantage.

Unfortunately, people are going to speculate and offer hot takes no matter what happens in June. For instance, If KD does suit up for every game against either the Bucks or Raptors (and once again, this is only if Golden State closes out Portland) and the Warriors don't win the championship, you better believe some people will say: "The Warriors would have won the title if Durant didn't play."

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Wait. Did we just speculate about potential speculation?

It's officially time to stop writing this article.

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