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Another report the Warriors will bring Klay Thompson back

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When the names of top free agents this summer come up — Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, etc. — Klay Thompson‘s name is on the list.

As it should be. Thompson is an elite player — one gutting it out these NBA Finals — who will be a free agent this summer.

However, unlike the other names on that list, good luck finding anyone around the NBA who thinks he’s leaving the Warriors. Every source I’ve spoken to for most of a year has said the same thing: Thompson stays if the Warriors offer him the max, and the Warriors will do just that. Other teams will make calls to him because that’s what they should do, but they recognize he’s not moving on.

Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News (who has appeared on my podcast talking Warriors many times) put it more succinctly in a recent mailbag:

The Warriors will re-sign Klay, for sure.

That’s the sentiment. For the record, Medina’s next sentence was, “I think KD leaves, but it would not surprise me if he decides to stay.” That would actually surprise me, but it’s a matter of degree.

Thompson did not make an All-NBA team this season, much to his dismay, which means the Warriors can offer him five years, $190 million guaranteed. Other teams can offer four years, $141 million. (Those figures could shift slightly, once we see the official salary cap numbers for next season, but it will be close to that.) Thompson has said he wants to be a Warrior for life, but also said he’s not giving the team a discount. Golden State has gotten the message.

July 1 Thompson will get his max offer, he’ll sign it July 6 (when the moratorium ends) and next season he will move with Stephen Curry over to Warriors new home at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

What the rest of the roster that moves with them will look like will be a more interesting question.

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence

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NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.

The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.

Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.

Report: Bulls signing Luke Kornet for guaranteed $4.5M over two years

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Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:

The Bulls will now have most of them.

Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.

In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.

But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.

Pistons claim Christian Wood off waivers

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The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.

New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.

But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.

Detroit will take advantage.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.

Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.

The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.

Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.

But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.

The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.

Knicks: Reggie Bullock has spine injury

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Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.

All because of a mysterious health issue.

The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.

Knicks release:

Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.

But Bullock must get healthy first.

At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.