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Warriors' Klay Thompson suffered torn left ACL in NBA Finals Game 6

Warriors' Klay Thompson suffered torn left ACL in NBA Finals Game 6

Klay Thompson suffered a torn left ACL during the third quarter of the Warriors' NBA Finals Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Thompson's agent, Greg Lawrence, informed ESPN of the severity of the Warriors guard's injury after the season-ending defeat.

The Warriors confirmed the news less than an hour later.

Thompson's injury occurred with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter when he went up for a dunk on a fastbreak and awkwardly landed on his left leg after being fouled by Raptors guard Danny Green.

Thompson was carried toward the Warriors' locker room, but he returned to the court to shoot the two free throws, which he made.

Yes ... Thompson made two free throws on a torn ACL.

The Warriors then fouled to get Thompson out of the game. After examination, they ruled him out for the remainder of the contest, and he later exited Oracle Arena on crutches.

Jordan Bell was the first Warriors player to comment about Thompson's injury on social media.

It's a huge blow for Thompson, who will become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, and is eligible to sign a contract worth around $190 million with the Warriors.

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If the Warriors re-sign both Thompson and Kevin Durant, who ruptured his Achilles in Game 5, they could go the entire 2019-20 season without both players.

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

Andre Iguodala currently is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

That remains strange to type.

With Memphis in full rebuild mode, it would be shocking if Iguodala remains with the franchise past the February trade deadline.

On Monday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium provided an update on where things stand with the 2015 NBA Finals MVP:

"The Grizzlies have tried to find a trade partner for Iguodala and get some value back -- more than the first-round pick that they acquired from the Warriors to take on his salary.

"The Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets have engaged with the Grizzlies at different points this offseason. Neither have really gained traction.

"The two teams strongly pursuing Iguodala still are the Rockets and the Clippers, but both teams seem to be at a standstill in talks with the Grizzlies.

The Rockets are still not comfortable and have been resisting going that deep into the luxury tax to acquire a guy like Iguodala where they give up a draft pick. Their tax bill could rise to upwards of $20 million.

The Clippers on the other hand -- the only salary that makes sense for them in terms of shipping out is Moe Harkless, the forward they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers. But I'm told they do not want to part with Harkless in any type of a deal for Iguodala.

"Both the Rockets and the Clippers have been searching for third and fourth team scenarios to acquire Iguodala. At some point, the Grizzlies could just release Iguodala in a buyout agreement and do right by him and allow him to pick his next team.

"They have been working closely with his agent in trying to find a situation that works best for both sides."

Let's unpack all of this piece-by-piece.

The Grizzlies received a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) from Golden State. It's somewhat bold of them to expect even more in exchange, but Iguodala is very valuable and they do hold the leverage right now.

If the Rockets end up refusing to acquire Iguodala because of a luxury tax bill, then owner Tilman Fertitta might as well just sell the team. The guy is worth over $5 billion. Pay up.

If the Clippers are unwilling to give up Harkless for Iguodala, well ...

... that would be incrediby silly and probably won't sit well with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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Most likely, all sides are simply posturing and doing what you do in negotiations. It's quite possible that the front offices involved want to relax and let the dust settle before pulling any triggers.

Besides, we all know that Iguodala eventually will find a way to maneuver himself back to the Warriors next season...

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NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

J.R. Smith forever will be remembered for his gaffe against the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. One year later, the Cavaliers reportedly tried to send the shooting guard to Golden State. 

The Cavs tried to trade Smith to the Warriors for Andre Iguodala, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported Saturday. Before the Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, Cleveland "offered lighter protections" in an Iguodala-Smith swap, according to Fedor. 

Smith has a partially guaranteed contract worth $4.37 million, which Fedor reports was the hurdle in a potential trade. By sending Iguodala's $17.1 million contract into Memphis' open salary cap space, the Warriors received a trade exception that can help them make future moves.

The Warriors would not have received the trade exception if they had added Smith's partially guaranteed deal. 

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Smith, 33, only played 11 games last season for the Cavs and averaged a career-low 6.7 points per game. The Cavs will now waive the veteran shooting guard Monday, Cleveland.com reported. 

Smith will now become a free agent, but he certainly won't wear a Warriors jersey next season.