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Warriors’ Bob Myers: Klay Thompson got the $70 million contract extension he deserved

OAKLAND – Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was negotiating with agent, Bill Duffy and saw out the window that Klay Thompson was the only player on the court shooting.

Thompson’s daily work ethic was a main reason that the shooting guard was awarded a four-year, $70 million contract extension Friday. Myers also noted that he had never seen a player’s teammates show so much support as Thompson’s did during a contract negotiation and that it was a testament to the 24-year-old.

Thompson is the first Warriors players to be under contract through the 2018-19 season.

“It’s really amazing that I can be on this team come new arena time in moving over to the new city,” Thompson said Saturday before the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Myers added that there were once questions about Thompson’s defense, and those have since been answered since by the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011. Thompson excelled at 3-point shooting as expected according to Myers has improved daily in his all-around game.

“This contract is well deserved, and I think that’s the best compliment I can give Klay,” Myers said. “He earned it.

“I think what it says to fans is this organization will do whatever it takes to win.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Thompson, adding “The whole team is.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson getting contract extension gives Stephen Curry something to consider

OAKLAND – The Warriors’ signing of Klay Thompson to a four-year, $70 million not only rewarded the shooting guard, but also sent a message to star point guard Stephen Curry.

Curry, who signed a four-year, $44 million extension exactly two years earlier at a time when he was dealing with ankle issues, had it enter his mind that Thompson will be in place the next time he has his own contract decision to make.

“That’s a big statement for sure,” Curry said Saturday of ownership and the front office awarding Thompson a maximum-salary contract. “They’re committed to putting together the roster that they feel is capable of winning a championship and doing whatever it takes to maintain that. Obviously I don’t know what the situation will be in two years (when his contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season). The direction that we’re headed is definitely promising for sure.

“To know a guy that I’ve been playing with for four years now who will have a couple more years under our belt and hopefully have some things to be proud of once we get to that point, then that will be something that I’ll definitely take into account and know what the situation might be at that point.”

Together, Curry and Thompson have flourished and led the Warriors to back-to-back playoff appearances. They combined to hit 484 3-pointers last season, breaking their own record set the previous year for the most by a pair of teammates in NBA history.

“It speaks a lot about what he’s been able to do in his career so far and what they plan on seeing from him for the next four years, and I’m excited to know who my backcourt mate’s going to be,” Curry said.

Draymond Green said it was “amazing” to see Thompson paid handsomely and downplayed how the deal would affect his own contract year. The third-year forward will become a restricted free agent in the offseason.

“I got what, nine months before I worry about my situation,” Green said, smiling. “I’ve got a lot of games to worry about before I worry about that.

“If I run around here thinking every day, ‘Oh, Klay got paid, I wonder what I’m going to get,’ I’ll play awful, and I ain’t going to get nothing.”

Green is expected to start a second straight game to begin the season as forward David Lee was ruled out for the home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.

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Warriors to pay Klay Thompson with maximum-salary four-year contract extension

OAKLAND – The Warriors reached agreement with shooting guard Klay Thompson on a four-year contract extension worth about $70 million on Friday.

The Warriors are expected to officially announce the deal to beat the 9 p.m. deadline to extend Thompson before he hit restricted free agency after this season, as the 24-year-old received the maximum salary he was seeking.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson is the first player in NBA history to hit 500 3-pointers through the first three years of his career and has combined with point guard Stephen Curry to become regarded as the best shooting backcourt in the league.

“Happy for you bro,” Curry tweeted. “Well deserved. Splash bros continue.”

Thompson received the maximum salary at a time when the team views him as one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Coach Steve Kerr has spoken of Thompson as a possible All-Star in the near future.

A Warriors first-round draft pick in 2011, Thompson has blossomed into a multi-dimensional scorer and defender while remaining durable having never missed a game due to injury in his career.

The Warriors throughout the process had expected to pay Thompson a large sum of money – whether it was by the deadline or next summer when another team might have . In the end, he was awarded the max after negotiations with his agent, Walnut Creek-based agent, Bill Duffy, went into the season.

Thompson has averaged 16.1 points per game in his career after just starting his fourth season, and news of the extension had his teammates congratulating him on Twitter.

“Congrats bro, so proud of u!!!” Mychel Thompson, Klay’s brother, wrote on Instagram. “U earned it!!”

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Warriors exercise contract options on Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, decline option on Nemanja Nedovic

The Warriors announced Thursday they did not exercise the third-year contract option for next season on guard Nemanja Nedovic, the team’s 2013 first-round draft pick.

The team did exercise the fourth-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli, who is playing after missing all of last season recovering from knee surgery.

The Warriors’ announcement to decline guaranteeing the $1.15 million option to Nedovic came the day after the 23-year-old from Serbia was the only player on the team’s active roster not to play in the season opener at Sacramento.

Nedovic played in five of the team’s eight preseason games after averaging 5.9 minutes in 24 games during an injury-plagued rookie season. The Warriors acquired Nedovic in a draft-night trade with Phoenix for the 30th overall pick.

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Jermaine O’Neal leaves opening possibility of resuming NBA career

Former Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal turned 36 this month while not attending an NBA training camp, but he is open to considering coming back to play in the league for a 19th season.

“I can say If I don’t do well with this “being a fan” thing then I will think about playing again this year!” O’Neal tweeted Wednesday. “To be continued on this!

“But as of right now I’m enjoying working out, being a business man, watching my daughter volleyball games, and training my son! Perfect.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, O’Neal’s former agent, said last month that the big man “probably” would not be with the team this season as it already has three centers in Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic.

A six-time All-Star, O’Neal does maintain some ties to the team and the Bay Area through his investments. Among the area’s companies he invests in is the Redwood City-based wearable technology startup Athos, which has Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob on its board of directors.

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Warriors 95, Kings 77: Shaun Livingston makes surprise return in season opener

SACRAMENTO – Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston surprisingly didn’t miss the start of the season Wednesday after his recovery from toe surgery cost him weeks of training camp and the entire preseason.

Shortly before the season opener that the Warriors went on to win 95-77, coach Steve Kerr approached Livingston about the possibility of playing since they were short-handed with David Lee and Brandon Rush sidelined.

“I was ready,” Livingston said, noting he’s been ready for a week now.

Livingston played four minutes after sing his status change from out to doubtful to questionable leading up to the game. The early return of Golden State’s top offseason signing could be crucial as the team looks to solidify the reserve point guard role that was a weakness last season. Kerr has experimented with Andre Iguodala as a point-forward in Livingston’s absence.

Stephen Curry hadn’t even realized Livingston would be able to play.

“I’m sure it’s just big for him to get a feel for our system and a new environment and what his role’s going to be, and it’s going to huge off the bench coming in and running our second unit along with Andre (Iguodala) and (Leandro) Barbosa,” Curry said.

“I know how great of a player he is and how big a part he’s going to have in our long-term success with the lineups we can throw out there and what have you. For him to be able to get in Game 1 to kind of insert himself into a lineup and not miss too much time is huge because you want to kind of establish an expectation of how everybody’s going to play.”

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala begins season coming off the bench

SACRAMENTO — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will come off the bench in the season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday as Harrison Barnes gets the start.

Iguodala, 30, has started 758 regular season games and 48 playoff games. The last time he came off the bench was in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he won a gold medal.

Barnes, 22, struggled last season after losing his starting lineup spot to Iguodala, who was in the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract.

Andrew Bogut remained in the lineup after arriving later to Sleep Train Arena due to an illness he began feeling in the afternoon.

David Lee (strained left hamstring) did not dress and was replaced in the lineup by Draymond Green. Also unavailable to play is Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction).