NBA rumors: Warriors not expecting Klay Thompson to leave in free agency

NBA rumors: Warriors not expecting Klay Thompson to leave in free agency

Don't get your hopes up, LeBron.

James might want Klay Thompson to join the Lakers this summer, but chances are he's not getting the Warriors’ star shooting guard.

According to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, "the expectation within and outside the Warriors is that Klay isn’t leaving."

That would seem to fall in line with what Klay's father, Mychal, has said over the last few months.

On Dec. 20, 2018, Mychal went on KNBR 680 and said this:

"As long as Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and the Warriors organization wants him there -- and the coaching staff and the fan base -- as long as he's wanted, there's no reason to leave."

Back in August, at a party to celebrate the Thompson Family Foundation's charity golf tournament, Mychal said that Klay is "gonna retire in a Warriors uniform."

After the Warriors won Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 6, Mychal joined Warriors Playoff Central and was asked about Klay's free agency.

"Klay's not going anywhere," Mychal said. "The Warriors aren't letting him leave, so stop being so anxious. He's going to sign his extension next summer."

So, for all the speculation that Klay might leave the Warriors in free agency to join LeBron and the Lakers, there are way more signs pointing to the four-time All-Star staying with the Warriors.

Kevin Durant details what a future statue of him would look like


Kevin Durant details what a future statue of him would look like

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Nuggets tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Back in November, Kevin Durant was asked if he has given any thought to what winning a third straight championship would mean to his legacy and/or the Golden State franchise.

"I know for a fact that we'll all get our jerseys retired, we'll probably all get statues here in front of the Chase Center," Durant told Chris Haynes of Yahoo. "We'll be Bay Area legends forever. People will recognize this team and this run forever in this area."

So what would the future Kevin Durant statue be doing? What would it look like? 

"First, I think a lot of people took that out of context," the two-time Finals MVP told Warriors TV broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald on KNBR 680. "I was mainly just praising the Bay Area and how deep the sports are in the Bay Area. When I walk around, you still see the effects of the 49ers and what they brought back in the Joe Montana days -- and also when they went to the Super Bowl with Kaepernick.

"So to win back-to-back to championships -- I'm just thinking to myself like, 'Man. In 10 to 20 years, I wonder how they're gonna be talking about our run and what we did.' I wonder once all the dust settles, and once all the noise settles -- I wonder what people will say about us in the Bay Area. Nowhere else -- just the Bay...

"I know the ownership will want to honor a lot of guys ... that will be amazing."

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As for the statue itself:

"For me, it would be only fitting if I would be shooting a one-legged Dirk (Nowitzki) fadeaway as a statue," Durant answered. "That might be my silhouette now. (Michael) Jordan has his own silhouette. I might need a silhouette of that because that defines a lot of my game and a lot of shots I took throughout my career...

"I can remember so many times I made that shot. I know I took it from Dirk. But I kind of added my little flavor and sauce to it. So I pay homage along the way to Dirk, but I kind of feel like that's mine now." 

When did Durant start to incorporate the "one-legged Dirk" in his game?

"Well, 2011, that lockout summer, I worked with this guy named Justin Zormelo," KD told The Athletic's Anthony Slater last January. "We used to watch film all the time and we had just played Dirk in the conference finals.  The way he was scoring on us was just so easy. I was just like, 'I want to do that.' 

"Every day, I shot 100 one-leg shots a day. Just trying to get that touch. Because that’s a hard shot to shoot. In the mid-range, off one leg, the touch got to be perfect. I just worked on that touch as much as I can, had extra time with the lockout and by the time I came back, I just felt comfortable with it.  

"It became my signature shot."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Ayesha Curry takes shot at President Trump over Clemson fast food meal


Ayesha Curry takes shot at President Trump over Clemson fast food meal

You've probably seen the images by now. The national champion Clemson Tigers eating McDonald's at the White House with President Donald Trump.

Instead of a nice, freshly prepared meal to celebrate their championship, the Tigers got fast food.

The visual of the Clemson players being honored with fast food didn't sit well with a lot of people, including Ayesha Curry.

On Tuesday afternoon, Curry responded to a tweet, saying she would feed the Clemson players "a real feast."

Ayesha Curry is a successful chef who opened her "International Smoke" restaurant in San Francisco in 2017. She has also appeared on a few reality cook TV shows.

This continues the discord between the Currys and Trump.

After winning the NBA title in 2017, the Warriors were asked about visiting the White House to meet with Trump. Steph Curry said he didn't want to go and then Trump withdrew an invitation in an early-morning tweet on Sept. 23, 2017.

In February of 2017, Curry criticized Trump after Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called Trump a "real asset to the country."

Just another chapter in the Curry-Trump beef.