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Warriors give G Thompson $70M extension

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors and shooting guard Klay Thompson have agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made, also said there is no opt-out clause for either side. Thompson and the team had until the end of Friday to get a deal done or Thompson could become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would've had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed.

Golden State drafted Thompson out of Washington State with the 11th overall pick in 2011. He has become one of the NBA's top two-way guards and teamed with fellow "Splash Brothers" star Stephen Curry to form one of the league's best backcourts.


Cavaliers sign C Varejao to extension

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed starting center Anderson Varejao to a contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known.


Jazz, G Burks agree on $42M, 4-year deal

(AP) -- From his second season to his third in the NBA, Alec Burks doubled his scoring and assist averages and improved his field goal percentage as well.

It's clear that the Utah Jazz expect the improvement from the 23-year-old to keep on coming.


Hawks sell out home opener vs. Pacers

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks hope a sellout in Saturday night's home opener against Indiana will show the team is moving past offseason controversies in ownership and management.

Standing-room tickets were sold Friday. CEO Steve Koonin is hoping for an attendance record at Philips Arena.


James struggles, Knicks spoil homecoming

CLEVELAND (AP) Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago.

"It was one game," he said.


Westbrook breaks hand in loss to Clips

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers didn't shoot well, couldn't build more than a 10-point lead, and still managed to usher in the Steve Ballmer era with a victory for their new owner.

Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, and Chris Paul added 22 in a season-opening 93-90 win Thursday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost another star to injury when Russell Westbrook broke his right hand.


Wall scores 30 as Wizards hold off Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The thing that gnawed at Washington coach Randy Wittman most about his team's season-opening loss at Miami was its lack of defensive intensity.

The Wizards took notice in their second outing of the season.


Mavs beat Jazz 120-102 in home opener

DALLAS (AP) Tyson Chandler pumped up the crowd with three alley-oop dunks in the first quarter. All J.J. Barea had to do to get a standing ovation was enter the game off the bench.

A couple of key pieces from the only championship team in Dallas franchise history were finally wearing the same uniform as Dirk Nowitzki again.


Young's late 3 helps Wolves beat Pistons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves' youth movement is in full effect, with Andrew Wiggins and Co. ushering in a new era in the wake of Kevin Love's departure.

When it came to winning time on Thursday night, however, it was all veterans on the floor. And that's what makes coach Flip Saunders believe the rebuilding effort won't be as drastic as some people expect.


Spurs' Leonard to play against Suns

SAN ANTONIO (AP) NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

The Spurs made the announcement on Thursday. Leonard missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against Dallas due to an infection in his right eye.

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