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Mychal Thompson repeats no need for negotiation between Klay, Warriors

Mychal Thompson repeats no need for negotiation between Klay, Warriors

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

Back in late October, Klay Thompson's father, Mychal, explained why there's no need for his son and the Warriors to negotiate in free agency this summer.

"The money thing is basically set in stone," he said 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."

On Wednesday night, Mychal doubled down when he was asked if Golden State needs "to bring the bag" on July 1.

"Well that's all set. You have a payscale. Everybody knows what it is," he said on KNBR 680. "Your listeners can Google it. It's not even a negotiation. It's not even an issue."

Translation -- the five-time All-Star feels like he deserves the max, he wants the max and the Warriors better be prepared to offer the max.

"You can, if you're willing, take less to help the team absorb some of the cost. So it's all up to you as a player," Mychal added. "Tim Duncan used to say all the time that he was set to make a certain amount but he would take less -- sort of like what Tom Brady does for the Patriots."

"It's a set number and either you agree to it or not."

Well, it certainly doesn't sound like the two-time All-NBA selection is willing to take less. Multiple reports over the last couple of months have indicated that Klay will seriously consider signing elsewhere if Golden State doesn't offer him a max contract.

In early February, owner Joe Lacob made it clear that the Warriors "can do whatever we want" financially. “We have the capital to pay our players what they deserve. And we will."

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And after Golden State eliminated Houston in Game 6 last Friday night, Lacob said: "I have a special bond with (Klay). I always have. He's the first player, since I bought the team, that we drafted. The very first one. And I just have always felt an incredible attachment.

"People make fun of me a little bit -- I always say I love Klay. I love Klay. I just do. He's so real. He's so real. There's no BS. And there's something about him, I have a very special relationship with him."

In summation, you shouldn't worry about Klay leaving. The end.

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Why Warriors should be happy Raptors beat Bucks in Game 3 of East finals

Why Warriors should be happy Raptors beat Bucks in Game 3 of East finals

Publicly, the Warriors have no rooting interest in the Eastern Conference finals. Why would they?

They're one win away from reaching their fifth consecutive NBA Finals and in the midst of one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time.

What they should want, however, is a long series between the Bucks and the Raptors. And that’s exactly why Golden State should be happy Toronto beat Milwaukee 118-112 in double overtime in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Sunday.

After the Bucks dominated the Raptors in the first two games of the series by a combined 30 points in Milwaukee, Toronto held them off north of the border. This series is guaranteed to go at least five games now. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo played 45 minutes before fouling out, and the Raptors were led by Kawhi Leonard's 36 points over 52 minutes. 

A longer series and more minutes played by the two superstars is a win-win for the Warriors. 

Despite winning five consecutive games and being ahead three games to none over the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors are without two of their top players. Forward Kevin Durant is rehabbing a strained right calf, and center DeMarcus Cousins is on his way back from a torn left quad. 

Durant didn't travel with the team to Portland and will be out for Game 4 on Monday night. Cousins, however, is said to be closer than KD in returning to the Dubs

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Even without the two stars, the Warriors have been on a roll. But players, and even one mother, know how important Durant and Cousins are in the team's attempt to three-peat.

The NBA Finals don't begin until May 30. The Warriors can have over a week to rest and get healthy if they sweep the Blazers. At the same time, their opponent could be significantly less rested, especially if the Raptors keep winning.

Draymond Green's mom agrees Warriors need Kevin Durant for NBA Finals

Draymond Green's mom agrees Warriors need Kevin Durant for NBA Finals

The Warriors are rolling right now. Whether it's the Splash Brothers heating up from deep, or Draymond Green bringing energy, the Trail Blazers haven’t had any answers in the Western Conference finals. 

And the Warriors are doing it all without Kevin Durant, the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP. 

Without Durant, the Warriors look like the squad that won a ring and set a NBA record with 73 regular-season wins without him. None of that matters, though. When you can have one of the greatest to ever play the game on your team, you welcome him with open arms. 

Draymond Green's mother, Mary Babers-Green, agrees. 

Like mother, like son. 

With Durant rehabbing a strained right calf in the Warriors' last four games, all wins, Draymond has averaged 14 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Don't tell him the Warriors are better without KD, though. 

“That’s idiotic,” Green said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Thursday after the Warriors' Game 2 win over the Blazers. “It’s very idiotic. I don’t think there’s one person in this locker room, one person in this organization that thinks that. And I know for damn sure that any idiot that does possibly [say] it don’t believe it.”

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Durant will miss Game 4 on Monday night. A Warriors win would give them a sweep and well over a week of rest before the NBA Finals begin May 30. They hope that will be enough time for Durant to heal and rejoin them on the court.