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NBA free agency: Why Jalen Rose says Klay Thompson stays with Warriors

NBA free agency: Why Jalen Rose says Klay Thompson stays with Warriors

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson made it clear he wasn't happy he was left off all three All-NBA teams. Behind the scenes, the front office should be sharing high fives. 

Thompson's omission saves Golden State at least $30 million this offseason. He's no longer eligible for a $221 million super-max contract. The biggest deal he could sign with the team in free agency is for five years and $191 million now. 

And the perceived snub by some nearly guarantees Thompson signs with the Warriors, Jalen Rose believes. 

"I've never believed he was leaving, but now I know he ain't leaving," Rose said on Jalen & Jacoby. "You just lost out on 30 (million) because you didn't make All-NBA. If you leave, you'll get a four-year deal instead of a five-year deal, which would cost you another $30 million. 

"I really now can almost guarantee that he's gonna stay with the team." 

Co-host David Jacoby then asked Rose if he believes the Warriors will offer Klay the max. 

"Yes," Rose said emphatically. "Yes. Yes. Yes, yes." 

[RELATED: Klay, Kyrie or Russ? Stephen A. makes his pick for All-NBA]

Throughout the season, Thompson has made every indication he wants to be a Warrior for life. He and the team can take the first steps in making that happen with a hefty, long-term contract in the coming months.

Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

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Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

The rumors started eight days ago. All-Star point guard Chris Paul "wants out" of Houston, Stephen A. Smith reported.

Since then, there have multiple reports of chaos within the Rockets organization, one that even stated Paul's relationship with NBA MVP James Harden is 'unsalvageable.'

But on Sunday, Paul tried to put all those rumors to bed.

“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. “I never demanded a trade.”

Trading Paul would be difficult for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Paul still is owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, and finding a team that can take on that kind of salary for an aging point guard would be tough.

As for the reported rift with Harden, Paul claimed he's not unhappy in his current situtation.

“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul told Feigen. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”

[RELATED; Morey shoots down CP3 trade request rumor]

The Rockets gave the Warriors a good battle in each of the last two postseasons. With Golden State nursing its wounds during the 2019-20 season, this might be Houston's chance to pounce and get to the NBA Finals.

We'll find out over the next few weeks if Paul is telling the truth or if the whispers of his unhappiness actually were true.

NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors

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NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors

The Kawhi Leonard-Toronto Raptors marriage might not be a one-year fling after all.

Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Sunday that the 2019 NBA Finals MVP will decline his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season, but that Leonard is "seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors."

Most experts have been predicting that Leonard will bolt Toronto for one of the Los Angeles teams. But Haynes' reporting changes things a bit.

Haynes also reported that rival front-office executives view the Raptors as the favorites to land Leonard.

The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract, according to Haynes.

[RELATED: Curry vows to not let Warriors' run end]

While the Warriors likely aren't in the mood for any Kawhi-related news, considering he just ended their bid for a three-peat, they have to be excited at the thought of Leonard not joining the Pacific Division.

Leonard put on a dominating performance against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, as he averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over the six games.