Report: Klay Thompson could pursue Chandler Parsons-style offer sheet

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As I described earlier today, Klay Thompson – if he’s guaranteed a max contract on his next deal, which we’ll assume for argument’s sake – faces the choice between:

  • 1. $89,138,886
  • 2. $4,433,683 with the prospect later of up to $91,428,795 (if he leaves the Warriors) or $121,667,219 (if he stays)

Let’s add one more:

  • 3. $31,702,439 with the prospect later of up to $93,864,774 (if he leaves) or $126,398,700 (if he stays) with $16,897,632 in “insurance” if he can’t get more later

The catch? Plan No. 1 guarantees Thompson the large contract now. Plan No. 2 would in 2016, and Plan No. 3 wouldn’t kick in with the large salary until 2017.

How long is Thompson willing to risk it?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

One real option, I’m told, is Thompson pursuing an offer sheet from a new team modeled after the loaded three-year contract structure Chandler Parsons scored from Dallas this past summer.

Which is to say that Thompson, were he to pull a Parsons and sign a three-year deal with a player option to return to free agency in Year 2, would be setting himself up to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2017… at the exact same time as Splash Brothers sidekick [Stephen] Curry.

Here are Thompson’s key options:

  • Extension (black)
  • Qualifying offer and signing elsewhere in 2016 (blue)
  • Qualifying offer and re-signing in 2016 (yellow)
  • Various spinoffs of the “Parsons” plan* – which begins with rejecting an extension and then signing a three-year offer sheet with a player option in 2015 (green)

Years in the chart refer to the final year of a season, so 2016 is the 2015-16 season.

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*Parsons signed for slightly less than the max. I give Thompson the max in scenarios where he signs a three-year offer sheet with a player option.

The biggest difference between Parsons’ offer sheet and one Thompson could sign is that the second-year of Thompson’s will leave him on an old-TV-contract deal during the first year of the new, big TV contract. Parsons can hit free agency right when the cap skyrockets.

If Thompson does anything other than accepting an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, he’s taking a risk. He just must decide how large a risk he wants to take.

Signing the qualifying offer positions him to make a lot of money beginning in 2016. Signing a Parsons-style offer sheet gives him more security in 2015 and offers potential for an even larger payout than the QO route in 2017, but the longer the delay, the more uncertainty.

The “Parsons” plan could be a happy medium – or just a way to convince the Warriors to offer a max extension now and avoid a scenario where Thompson and Curry hit free agency at the same time.

Any 2015-16 numbers are based on the NBA’s projected salary cap. All future years are based on my projection of future salary caps.

Chris Paul on 2020 Olympics: My wife wants to go to Tokyo

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Chris Paul feels great starring for the Thunder.

So great, he might even take on extra workload.

Paul – who helped Team USA win gold medals in 2008 and 2012 but didn’t compete in 2016 – said he’s “very serious” about playing the 2020 Olympics. Paul:

I’m excited about the opportunity. My wife is sort of calling the shots on this one. She said she wants to go to Tokyo.

I’ve been blessed and fortunate to play in 2008. I had no kids then. In 2012, my wife couldn’t come, because, four days after the gold medal game, she had my daughter.

We often hear about players missing international tournaments due to personal reasons. But that can go both ways. Paul might compete due to personal reasons.

Paul faces steep and deep competition for making the team at point guard: Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Mike Conley, Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White. Trae Young didn’t even make the list of finalists.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said players who’ve previously represented the U.S. will get favorable consideration. So, that’ll help Paul.

If he plays, Paul – who turns 35 in May – would be Team USA’s third-oldest Olympian:

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Age for Team USA’s first game or, in 2020, first game of the tournament

Did John Beilein’s methods lead to Dylan Windler’s season-ending injury?

Former Cavaliers coach John Beilein and Dylan Windler
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John Beilein gave the Cavaliers problems mentally.

Did he also give them problems physically – especially Dylan Windler, who’s missing his entire rookie year?

Shams Charania, Jason Lloyd and Joe Vardon of The Athletic:

Warning signs for Beilein could be traced to the Cavs’ Summer League schedule, when the rookie coach ran a collection of (mostly) G Leaguers and non-roster invites through extended practices, multiple times a day. This is precisely what Beilein would have done at Michigan, especially with an entirely new batch of players, this early in a season calendar. But players not only complained about the work, they also were drilled in games by opponents who were clearly well-rested. And this was in Summer League.

There was at least one player, though, involved in those early summer workouts under Beilein who was expecting to make a major contribution to the Cavs this season. Rookie Dylan Windler, a late first rounder, was supposed to compete with Cedi Osman for minutes on the wing. But he never played a game this season because of a stress injury in his left leg — which could be traced back at least in part to being overworked during the summer.

Would Windler have missed the season under a different coach? It’s impossible to say. Counterfactuals are complex.

But there was legitimate reason to be concerned with Beilein’s approach. Teams have learned the importance of rest. Fatigued players are more susceptible to injury.

Beilein’s longest college season was 41 games. He coached 54 games in Cleveland – and left with much of the season remaining.

Handling the grind of the NBA season was always going to be an adjustment for the long-time college coach. It probably got understated amid concern about him relating interpersonally to his players.

The Cavaliers needed practice time. They needed work to develop. That’s clearly what Beilein prioritized.

But they also needed to limit the physical toll, and it’s reasonable to question whether Beilein did enough there. Even if he was learning that the NBA is more marathon than sprint, the several months Beilein coaches the Cavs were enough to cause issues.

Bucks’ minor-league coach suspended two games for rant (video)

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Chase Buford, who coaches the Bucks’ minor-league affiliate, went on an epic rant after the Wisconsin Herd’s latest loss. He singled out referee Matt Rafferty as a “f—ing clown” and said the officials were “bad and biased and unfair and illegal and cheating.”

Ryan Rodig of WFRV-TV:

G League release:

Wisconsin Herd head coach Chase Buford has been suspended for two games without pay for a direct and extended public attack on the integrity and credibility of the game officials.

I can’t recall an NBA coach ever getting suspended for something he said during a press conference.

I also can’t recall an NBA coach ever saying something so inflammatory during a press conference.

In 2005, then-NBA commissioner David Stern threatened to ban Jeff Van Gundy from the NBA after the then-Rockets coach criticized officiating. That incident still led to just a $100,000 fine. Twice as large as any previous fine for a coach. But still just a fine, nonetheless.

Watch entire Kobe Bryant memorial service (video)

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The public memorial for Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant featured several unforgettable moments, including:

But I can’t overstate how well done the entire event was, how heartfelt the speakers and performers were. If you missed it yesterday and are in the right headspace, it’s worth watching to get a more complete understanding of Kobe and Gianna.