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NBA rumors: Klay Thompson to consider Lakers if Warriors don't offer max

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson to consider Lakers if Warriors don't offer max

Klay Thompson wants that five-year, $190 million max contract offer from the Warriors.

As Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Wednesday, the five-time All-Star will meet with the Dubs in LA "at the outset of free agency" (which officially opens at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday).

If Golden State doesn't present that max contract when the sides sit down face to face, Klay reportedly will take a meeting with another team in addition to the Clippers.

The Lakers now have $32 million in salary-cap space because of the following two events from earlier Thursday:

At this point, the Lakers technically are a little shy of being able to offer Klay a max contract:

Also, a max for Klay in LA would be for about $141 million over four seasons, as the Warriors are the only team who can give him a five-year contract.

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How Warriors gain flexibility in reported Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

How Warriors gain flexibility in reported Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein walked out of shootaround, down a long corridor that leads to the Warriors' locker room in Chase Center late Friday morning in preparation for a game scheduled hours later against the Pacers. The trek marked the big man's last as a member of Golden State's. 

By the afternoon, Cauley-Stein reportedly was traded to Dallas, in exchange for a Utah's second-round draft pick in 2020, ending his short tenure in the Bay Area. Along the way, the Warriors set themselves up for future flexibility. 

In the immediate aftermath, the Warriors shed Cauley-Stein's current $2.17 million salary as well as his $2.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, while freeing up an open roster spot for this season and beyond. From a financial perspective, it sank Golden State $2.57 million below the hard cap, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Additionally, the Warriors have enough salary space to convert the two-way deals of either Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss. 

Six months ago, Cauley-Stein came to Warriors in search of career revitalization. After four years in Sacramento, he demanded that the Kings rescinded his qualifying offer to make him a free agent. After garnering more lucrative offers from other teams, he chose to sign a one-year contract with Golden State, which included the player option. With a new contract, the center hoped to keep the Warriors postseason streak alive while earning a payday next summer. 

However, those wishes didn't come to fruition. A week before training camp, Cauley-Stein sprained his foot, causing the center to miss the first month of the season. His injury, coupled with ailments to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, led to a lost season for the big man. 

Nonetheless, Cauley-Stein expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long term, citing his relationship with coach Steve Kerr. 

"He wants to build a relationship with you," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports last month. "I think, in the past I hadn't had a relationship with my coach. [Former Kings coach Dave] Joerger, me and him had a pretty good rapport, pretty good, like cordial, but we never had like in-depth conversations about life and stuff like that, and the first couple of conversations I had with coach Kerr was real-life stuff and that hit home with me like, 'Damn, he really tried to get to know me.' "

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Unfortunately for Cauley-Stein, he won't get to continue that relationship with Kerr.

Now, with Dallas in need of a center with the loss of Dwight Powell, his hope to find a similar relationship with Rick Carlisle will start immediately in a Mavericks uniform.

NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

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NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

The Warriors have started to make moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go, as the center reportedly has been traded to the Mavericks.

The Warriors reportedly will acquire a 2020 second-round draft pick from Dallas for Cauley-Stein.

The trade of Cauley-Stein gives the Warriors salary cap space and roster flexibility, and the ability to convert one of their two-way players, Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss, to a guaranteed contract.

With the Warriors out of the playoff race, it makes sense for them to trade some of their players for future assests. Cauley-Stein likely is just the first to go. Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are the two other Warriors players that should be dealt before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.46 million contract with the Warriors last offseason. The second year of the deal is a player option, so he could stick around Dallas next season.

Dallas was in need of a center after their starter, Dwight Powell, ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this week.

In 41 games with the Warriors, Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Now that Cauley-Stein is out of the picture, expect Chriss and Omari Spellman to see a majority of the time at center. Draymond Green could also slide over and pick up some minutes at the center spot.