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Warriors owner remains ‘confident’ that team will be able to re-sign Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant

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The summer of 2019 could determine a lot of things for the Golden State Warriors. For starters, decisions could impact how much longer their dynasty lasts.

Three of their starters will become unrestricted free agents; the most important of those being Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. Despite their cap situation and uncertainty of player motivation, Warriors owner Joe Lacob remains confident in the team’s ability to not only re-sign fan favourite Klay Thompson, but also retain the services of Kevin Durant.

“The season is still ongoing…We are not finished. I have no new ideas or data for you. We love Klay and KD and intend to attempt to re-sign them. Period. I am confident about BOTH of them.” said Lacob via text message to he Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.

“But it is their choice to do what is best for them. They have earned that right. Our goal is to keep our team together. We are pretty good.”

The Warriors currently have seven more days off until they make their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers despite Durant’s absence from the lineup due to injury.

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Wizards ink Bradley Beal to two-year max contract extension

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The trade rumours can be put to rest, because Bradley Beal will be staying in the nation’s capital for a little while longer.

The Washington Wizards announced Thursday that they have signed star guard Bradley Beal to a two-year, $72 million max contract extension that includes a player option for the 2022/2023 season. The deal also has a 15% trade kicker, and a no-trade clause during the regular season.

The 26-year old still has two years remaining on his current contract, so the total value of his two deals combined is close to $130 million over a span of four years.

Beal, who was selected third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, has averaged 19.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in seven seasons and 488 regular season games.

He averaged a career-high 25.6 points last season on a 47.5 field goal percentage.

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Bucks starting point guard Eric Bledsoe out 2-3 weeks with rib injury

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The Milwaukee Bucks are probably going to have to start the 2019/2020 NBA regular season without their starting point guard.

The team announced that Eric Bledsoe will be sidelined for approximately 2-3 weeks after sustaining a small fracture of his rib.

He suffered the injury midway through the Bucks’ 133-99 preseason win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. After the game, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer that the injury is not too serious.

“It feels like it’s not that severe,” said Budenholzer after the game.

“but I’m sure Troy (Flanagan, the team’s director of performance) and those guys will give me an update. … Just talking to Bled (it seemed positive) – I don’t know if you can trust Bled – Troy will be the truth-teller”

The 29-year old, who is entering the first season of a lucrative four-year, $70 million contract, averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 78 games in 2018/19.

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Kyle Lowry signs one-year, $31 million contract extension with Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are rewarding their legendary point guard with some extra money in the bank.

The team announced Monday that they have signed the five-time NBA All-Star to a one-year, $31 million extension that will keep him under contract with the team through the 2020/2021 season.

The 33-year old, who will be entering his eighth season with the franchise, has one-year remaining on the three-year, $100 million contract he signed back in the summer of 2017.

Lowry is coming off an impressive postseason where he averaged 15.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 24 games, and played a pivotal role in clinching the franchise’s first-ever NBA title in June.

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