“I’m just going to do what I got to do to be the best I can be every day. I’m going to be a great player. I know what I’m capable of,” Thompson said, via Medina. “I fully expect to earn another NBA contract, whether it’s this summer or next summer. I’m fully confident in my abilities. I’m not worried about an extension in the meantime because I know it’ll happen if I just do my job and I just be myself.”
- Forward Draymond Green is also eligible for an extension and has publicly stated he doesn’t expect one to come during the season. But ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that doesn’t mean Green is a goner.
- Green could instead remain with the defending champs, Wojnarowski indicated. “Two years left on his deal. There can be a room for an extension at the end of those two years, or a new deal that probably is south of that $27.5 million. Perhaps isn’t a raise off that,” Wojnarowski said, via RealGM. “But if the Warriors are winning and Draymond is still a highly productive player and wants to be there, I don’t think it means that his days are necessarily numbered in Golden State.”
The Lakers are looking to bounce back from a 33-49 season and will be tested right out of the gate, opening with a visit to the Warriors, followed by a home date with the LA rival Clippers.
“Our first two games are against two title contenders,” forward Anthony Davis said, via Jovan Buha of The Athletic. “It’s always good to spoil a ring night. So the mindset is going up there and starting the season with a couple of Ws.”
- In case you missed it, the Lakers will begin the season without point guard Dennis Schroder, who reportedly underwent thumb surgery. Schroder is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks, as we relayed here.
- This season is also when star forward LeBron James can make history by becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. We have that full post right here.
Shooting guard Isaiah Joe was signed to a three-year, $6 million deal, with the first year being guaranteed, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. the second year is non-guaranteed and the third year is a team option, Scotto added.
Joe, 23, is 6-foot-4 and appeared in 55 games with with the 76ers last season, after playing 41 as a rookie. He was originally drafted No. 49 overall out of Arkansas in 2020.
Last season, Joe compiled averages of 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds, shooting 33 percent on 3-pointers. Philadelphia waived him last week.