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Warriors still want to re-sign Klay Thompson

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Re-signing five-time All-Star guard Klay Thompson remains a priority for the Warriors, team owner Joe Lacob told Yahoo Sports in the wake of the torn left ACL the star suffered Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson, who according to the report is expected to miss up to 10 months because of the injury, was seeking a max contract this summer in free agency. The injury might complicate things this offseason, but Lacob says he remains intent on bringing back Thompson, 29.

"I don’t know yet what we’re going to do," Lacob told Yahoo Sports. "I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned."

Although Thompson’s first choice is to re-sign with the Warriors, who drafted him in 2011, he would consider other teams if obstacles come up, Yahoo's sources said.

Later Friday, though, Thompson's father Mychal told the San Francisco Chronicle there's "no question" his son will stay with Golden State. 

Warriors' last show of Oracle spirit comes at huge cost

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As Klay Thompson writhed in pain on the floor of Oracle Arena, laying with him in ruin were the Warriors' hopes of completing a three-peat of NBA titles.

Thompson, having landed awkwardly on his left leg after a foul by Raptors swingman Danny Green as he attempted a dunk, was helped from the court with what was later revealed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

At that point, the Warriors were leading 83-80, but with Golden State minus Thompson as well as Kevin Durant, the odds were stacked against them preserving that advantage and forcing a Game 7. However, Thompson, knowing not taking the resultant free throws would prevent him from being allowed to return if able, limped back out of the tunnel to nail both — his brief re-emergence sending a raucous home crowd into hysteria.

It was yet another indelible moment in the history of a 53-year-old building that has been the scene of so many for the Warriors and, as Golden State bid farewell to its Oakland home ahead of a move back across the bay to San Francisco and the glistening new C[......]

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Dirk Nowitzki on Warriors injuries: 'I do feel bad'

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Dirk Nowitzki knows from personal experience how devastating injuries can be, and commends Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for trying to play through theirs when the stakes were highest.

Speaking recently on ESPN Dallas 103.3, the Mavericks great shared his thoughts on the Raptors winning their first NBA title after defeating the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday and saluted the injured stars for their last-ditch effort at a three-peat.

"Well deserved, that fan base deserves it. It's a fun place to play up there," Nowitzki said, via the Dallas Morning News. "But sad, of course, for (Kevin) Durant and Klay (Thompson). Tw夜网论坛o great players, two great guys and to have them go down with major, major injuries obviously is tough for me as an ex-athlete to watch, but they'll be back obviously. They're great players, both Hall of Famers and they'll be back."

Added Nowitzki: "It was tough to watch, but Toronto deserves it. They had a great year and they had some great team play and Kawhi (Leonard) was fantastic the entire playoff run. They definitely deserved it, but I do feel bad for the Warriors."

While Thompson got hurt late in Thursday's game, Durant had been dealing with a calf injury since the second round of the playoffs and[......]

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NBA Draft 2019: Bol Bol slips to second round

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Bol Bol, a 7-2 center out of the University of Oregon, slipped out of the first round in the 2019 NBA Draft.

He was eventually selected by the Heat with the 44th overall pick and then reportedly traded to the Nuggets.

Bol was projected as a preseason top-five pick and one of just 20 players invited to the Green Room but his draft stock took夜网论坛 a hit thanks to a season-ending injury.

Bol showed off his offensive ability in his only season at Oregon.

He averaged 21 points and 9.6 rebounds as a Duck and shot 52% from 3-point range but his presence on defense can be a cause of concern. He struggled to stay with his opponents when guarding on the perimeter. 

A few weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his foot, Bol announced his college career was over.

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Toronto Zoo names baby turtles after members and fans of Raptors' NBA championship team

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The Toronto Raptors just won the franchises' first NBA title, and the city of Toronto is still celebrating.

The Toronto Zoo commemorated the historic season by naming 37 of its Blanding's turtles after the players, coaches, owners and even some of the team's most famous fans. 

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The turtles are part of a group of 48 Blanding's turtles that were released into the wild.

Some of the turtles are named after players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Fred VanVleet, wh夜网论坛ile the others are named after coach Nick Nurse, the president of basketball operations Masai Uijri and superfan Drake. 

The zoo debuted the baby turtles in the most adorable Twitter thread. 

NBA free agency 2019: Ranking the top 30 free agents, starting with Kawhi Leonard

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The season is over, and the NBA Draft is complete. That means the NBA's 2019 free agency period is in full swing.

With a talented group of free agents hitting the market, the landscape of the league could change quickly over the course of just a few days. The decision of Kawhi Leonard alone will have a huge impact on the championship chase over multiple seasons, and there will be plenty of other impact players available beyond the 2019 Finals MVP.

Ahead of the summer spending spree, here's a list of the top 30 free agents teams will be targeting. Get your checkbooks ready ...

MORE: NBA Draft grades for every team

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NBA free agency 2019: Player rankings

1. Kawhi Leonard

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76ers could make 'biggest play' for Malcolm Brogdon

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It appears like Philadelphia is looking to sign a point guard.

The 76ers could make a big play for Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon this summer, according to a report from the Journal Times. Especially if sharpshooter JJ Redick leaves Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

Brogdon, 26, has just finished the third year of his first NBA contract — a three-year deal worth just less than $4 million. However the 2017 Rookie of the Year could be approaching a big pay raise.

The Virginia product was a second-round pick in 2017, but has quickly become one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Brogdon joined the illustrious 50-40-90 club in 2018-19 while averaging career highs of 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. 

Brogdon missed significant time dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot last year and only played 64 games in the re[......]

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Celtics hire former WNBA star Kara Lawson as assistant

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The Celtics have hired Olympic champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, the team announced Wednesday.

Lawson, a former WNBA star who has served as an analyst for ESPN and the Wizards, has received interest for on-court coaching opportunities in the past but didn't act on them. ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources, that she couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach with Brad Stevens. She will fill the role left by Micah Shrewsberry, who accepted an assistant coaching job at Purdue this summer.

Lawson, 38, played at Tennessee夜网论坛 where she helped the Lady Volunteers make it to the Final Four three times before she was drafted fifth overall in 2003. She went on to play for the Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics until the 2015 season. She also helped the U.S. secure a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The report comes a couple months after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes the league will include more female coaches ⁠— as well as female referees ⁠— in the near fu[......]

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Enes Kanter trolls Kyrie Irving as he explains why he'll wear No. 11 with Celtics

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Enes Kanter took a shot at Kyrie Irving in his first comments as a Celtic. 

During his introductory press conference Wednesday with Kemba Walker, Kanter was asked why he chose to wear No. 11 with Boston. 

Kanter first explained that it was his old jersey number, which he wore with the Thunder from 2016-17. 

But he went on to say: “I want to be the reason no one else will," which was a clear shot at former Celtics star Irvin夜网论坛g. He laughed and then added: "Sorry, I had to say it."

Irving, who signed with the Nets in free agency, said the same exact line during a Nike commercial from 2018. He explained in the ad that his father wore No. 11 in college when he played at Boston University, and it was the main reason why he wore the same number. Irving added that he wanted to be the reason no one would wear it again in Boston.

As for Walker? He's also taking a familiar number in Boston as he plans to don the No. 8 jersey. It was what Antoine Walker wore[......]

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NBA trade rumors: Wizards not listening to offers for Bradley Beal

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The Wizards appear to want to hold onto Bradley Beal.

Washington has so far “rejected all trade overtures” about the 26-year-old star, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The Wizards can offer Beal a three-year contract extension later this month 夜网论坛and, if he does not accept the new deal, the team could reconsider its options, according to an earlier report from the Washington Post.

Beal, 26, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 games for the Wizards last season. He shot 47.5% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range. According to the Post’s report, “there is a growing belief that Beal will not remain in Washington for his entire career."

“I’d be naive to say I wouldn’t be (interested in extension talks)," Beal told The Washington Post last month. “Washington is where I’ve been the last seven years, going on eight. It would be great to play in one place forever. But at the same time, you want to win and make sur[......]

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