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Mychal Thompson: Klay has 'no reason to leave' Warriors in free agency

Mychal Thompson: Klay has 'no reason to leave' Warriors in free agency

A night after watching his son torch the Lakers for 44 points and 10 3-pointers, Mychal Thompson reiterated his stance: Klay isn't going anywhere.

Appearing on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday, Mychal was asked how he expects the contract talks to go between Klay and the Warriors this summer.

"It's not up to Klay," Mychal told hosts Greg Papa and Bonta Hill. "If the Warriors want him, July 1, 12:01 a.m. [GM] Bob Myers, [owner] Joe Lacob, [owner] Peter Guber, [assistant GM] Kirk Lacob, they should be on the phone with Klay or knocking on his door, 'Here's the paper, sign up, son.'"

Klay is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season concludes. He's in the final year of a four-year, $68.9 million contract.

"It's up to them," Mychal continued. "Klay is not looking to leave. He loves playing in the Bay Area. He loves playing for Warriors fans. He loves playing for the Warriors. Klay has said it himself. He's in a situation that every player looks to be in, so why would he want to leave?"

Rumors have swirled that Klay might head home to Los Angeles and team up with LeBron James on the Lakers. Mychal poured cold water on the idea of Klay leaving his current teammates.

“He’s in a perfect situation," Mychal said. "He’s playing with the perfect partner right now in Steph Curry. You aren't going to find a better partner than that to play with, and to be successful with. And Kevin Durant, Draymond [Green], the whole crew up there. He loves being around Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun Livingston.

“And, like I said, people think I’m exaggerating, he is in the perfect situation. You can’t ask for anything better than what the Warriors have now and going forward. So, there’s no reason to leave.”

This isn't the first time Mychal has addressed his son's future with the Warriors. As recently as Dec. 20, the former Lakers star said Klay wasn't likely to leave Golden State.

In 47 games this season, Klay is averaging 22.1 points while grabbing a career-high 4.1 rebounds.

Warriors fans everywhere are hoping Klay is listening to his dad.

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

Two weeks ago, Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant made headlines because of a little social media spat regarding Andre Iguodala.

There wasn't any legit beef, however, as the two exchanged friendly DMs to clear the air.

Hey Kevin Durant -- why do you think Morant chose to tweet a picture of you holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy?

"I don't know. There's always been speculation about what my place was on the team, or what I meant to the team," the two-time NBA Finals MVP told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks. "I don't think that got anybody on the Warriors upset that he posted a picture of me. 

"We're all brothers and we won championships together. It wasn't anything more than just a little jab I guess."

But what about the narrative that Golden State only won the title in 2017 and 2018 because of you?

"They got narratives for everything," KD said. "There's a lot of stuff the casual fan don't get about the game. So they make a lot of speculation on what they see. It's not the whole picture."

[RELATED: What frustrated KD most about in-game feud with Draymond]

Correct.

OK. Let's move on. Nothing more to see here.

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NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman

NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, and three titles, the Warriors are headed for the lottery in the 2020 NBA Draft, and likely a top-five pick. 

Golden State currently has the worst record in the NBA at 12-43, and things aren't about to get easier. The Warriors have the third-hardest schedule in the league coming out of the All-Star break. While this likely won't help their win total, it could increase their chances of choosing at the top of this June's draft. 

The Warriors currently are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the NBA. So, if they do keep their pick and land at the top of the draft, who might the Dubs have their eyes on?

Here's a roundup of prospects projected to be taken by the Warriors, with two players standing out. 

James Wiseman, C, Memphis

ESPN's Jonathan Givony has the Warriors selecting Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Wiseman, 18, left Memphis in December after three games as a freshman. 

The talented center had missed seven games of a 12-game suspension stemming from an NCAA investigation when he announced his plan to leave the program. He later signed with Excel Sports, ending his college eligibility. 

Wiseman, 7-foot-1 and 240 pounds, averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his short college career. He certainly fits a positional need for the Warriors as an athletic center who can run the floor when full engaged. 

Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

Edwards is the consensus top pick right now in what is considered a weak, top-heavy draft. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, NBADraftNet and Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo already sent Edwards to the Warriors in their latest mock draft. 

Here's what Wasserman and Woo had to say about the top prospect. 

Wasserman: "Team fit could ultimately play a key role in Edwards' development, and he'd benefit greatly from going to Golden State, where his shot selection would naturally tighten and the positive culture would be good for his growth." 

Woo: "You draft him hoping he’s moldable, and Edwards brings so much to the table in terms of strength and coordination that it could be worth it."

[RELATED: Why Steph playing again this season still is so valuable]

Edwards, 18, is averaging 19.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for a 12-13 Georgia team. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has a muscle-bound NBA body but is shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from deep. 

If the Warriors do have the top pick in the draft, they will have an interesting decision to make, to say the least.