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Steph Curry wish he had a no-trade clause? 'It'd be nice to have one, but...'

Steph Curry wish he had a no-trade clause? 'It'd be nice to have one, but...'

No trade clauses are extremely rare in the NBA. Only Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki possess one.

Not even Steph Curry and Blake Griffin, faces of their franchises, could get no-trade protection when they signed their max contracts last summer.

On Monday, not having the no-trade clause came back to bite Griffin as the Clippers stunned the basketball world by trading the five-time All-Star to Detroit.

So if Griffin can be traded, should Curry be worried?

"We don't need the Blake example to cement the fact that, as players, there's a different narrative around moves players make compared to what's in the best interest of teams when they make trades. It's always going to be a part of the game to a certain extent, but I think players are kind of understanding and taking advantage of whatever leverage they have. But nothing is guaranteed in this business," Curry told The Athletic in Utah on Tuesday.

Curry, as a two-time MVP and two-time champion, could have been in a position to demand a no-trade clause when he was negotiating his five-year, $201 million contract on July 1. But he didn't. Why not?

“Just a negotiation situation. Obviously, it'd be nice to have one, but it wasn't in the cards. For me, I don't say I regret not getting one," Curry told The Athletic.

With teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green set to hit the free agent market in the coming years, Curry believes their situations played into his contract talks.

“They try to set a precedent that nobody gets one around here. But you would hope situations that happened with Blake don't happen with this team,” Curry said.

Mychal Thompson wants Klay to emulate James Harden in one aspect in 2018-19

Mychal Thompson wants Klay to emulate James Harden in one aspect in 2018-19

Klay Thompson is a well-rounded, versatile player. He shot 52.6 percent from 2-point range last season. He shot 44 percent from 3-point range. He made 83.7 percent of his free throws. He averaged 2.5 assists per game. He's the Warriors' best perimeter defender.

There's not a noticeable weakness to his game.

But his father Mychal spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday to talk about what kind of differences we'll see in Klay will be during the 2018-19 season and he shared the goal he's set for his son.

"I think you'll see a hungrier player. He's going to try to get more versatile, try to get to the basket a little more, more free throws, being more efficient on offense that way. I always tell him, try to make it a goal to shoot eight (free throws) a game. Eight or 10, like James Harden does," Mychal Thompson told Ostler.

Thompson attempted a career low 1.3 free throw attempts last season. His high-water mark was 3.3 free throw attempts per game during the 2014-15 season. By comparison, Harden attempted 10.1 free throw attempts last season and has surpassed 10 attempts per game in five of the last six seasons.

Of course, the elder Thompson was asked about his son's free agency next summer. Klay told the Bay Area News Group on Saturday that he wants to remain with the Warriors for the rest of his career. His father said the same thing at the Thompson Family Foundation's charity golf tournament on Saturday.

“Oh yeah, you can mark it down. Klay’s going to retire in the Warriors’ uniform. He’s going to play at Chase Center (the Warriors’ new arena, opening in 2019), and he’s not going to be at Chase Center as a visiting player, he’s going to be a Warrior for the next seven or eight years," Mychal said according to The Chronicle.

Klay Thompson addresses impending free agency: 'Number one on my list...'

Klay Thompson addresses impending free agency: 'Number one on my list...'

Editor's Note: The above video is from June 6, 2018, after the Warriors beat the Cavs in Game 3 in the NBA Finals.

With the 2018 offseason wrapping up, the talk surrounding the Warriors will shift to next summer's free agency of All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

Thompson and his father Mychal have said several times during the last few months (see above video) that their intention is stay with the Warriors long-term. But that's not stopping speculation that the seven-year veteran may bolt the Warriors following his eighth season.

On Saturday night, Thompson reiterated his desire to remain with the Warriors in an interview with the Bay Area News Group.

“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life. Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career,” Thompson told Mark Medina.

Pressed on the possibility of signing an extension with the Warriors before he hits the open market, Thompson left the door slightly ajar by offering this:

“It’s tough to say. I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors,” Thompson told Medina.

Thompson is entering the final season of a four-year, $68.97 million contract. He will make $18,988 million for the 2018-19 season.