Warriors’ Thompsonhas tornAchilles
Star shooting guard expected to miss his second straight season
SAN FRANCISCO— Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season, the team said Thursday. The team said in a tweet that an MRI performed in Los Angeles had confirmed the injury.
Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California on Wednesday. General manager Bob
Myers had said athletic trainers would head to Southern California to accompany Thompson as he got his test.
The injury could be a severe blow for the Warriors, who finished worst in the NBA last season as they struggled without Thompson and at times without Stephen Curry, who was nursing a broken left hand that sidelined him for more than four months.
Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season as he worked back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered that injury in the deciding Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Hayward opting out of contract with Celtics
BOSTON— Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward opted out of the final year of a contract that would have paid him $34.1 million, making him a free agent, a person familiar with the situation said.
Hayward could still re-sign with the team, either to remain in Boston or be part of a signand-trade deal that would open up more potential destinations.
Brad Stevens, who also coached Hayward in college at Butler, recruited Hayward to Boston in 2017 and the team signed him to a four-year, $128 million deal that made him the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. But Hayward snapped his leg in the first quarter of his first game, missing all of the 2017-18 season.
He averaged 26 minutes and 11.5 points the next year — far below his numbers in Utah -and began to return to his previous form in the bubble this season with 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Sixers trade Richardson to Mavericks for Curry
PHILADELPHIA— The first draft night for the Philadelphia 76ers under new president Daryl Morey led to amajor shakeup for an organization chasing its first NBA title since 1983.
The 76ers traded Josh Richardson to theDallas Mavericks for sharpshooter Seth Curry, continuing to undo the franchise’s past moves after salary dumping
Al Horford to Oklahoma City.
Philadelphia also selected Kentucky guard TyreseMaxey with the 21st pick Wednesday, its first draft choice under the new regime of Morey and coach DocRivers.
Curry is the son-in-law of Rivers. Curry has shot 44% from 3-point range in his career, and he’s under contract for another three years.
Richardson was acquired last summer in the deal that sent
JimmyButler to Miami. Richardson is set to make $10.8 million in 2020-21 and has a player option worth $11.6 million in 2021-22.
Also for Dallas, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is opting in at $19 million for the final year of his contract, while center Willie Cauley-Stein is moving on after declining his $2.3 million option.
Kennard, Shametmoved in three-teamdeal
The Clippers acquired guard LukeKennard from Detroit as part of a three-way deal with the Pistons and Brooklyn.
The Nets traded the 19th pick to the Clippers for guard Landry Shamet. The Nets picked Saddiq Bey for the Clippers, who sent Shamet to the Nets. Los Angeles flipped Bey, who played at Villanova, to the Pistons for Kennard.
Kennard missed most of last season due to knee tendinitis. Over 28 games, the 6-foot-6 lefty averaged career-highs in points (15.8), assists (4.1) and rebounds (3.5) as a starter for Detroit.
Shamet, who will move to his third team in three years, is a 40.2% 3-point shooter.
Hawks send Dedmon to Pistons for Snell
ATLANTA— The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Dewayne Dedmon to the Detroit Pistons for guards Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Thomas was waived shortly after.
The deal allows the Hawks to clear a logjam at center. The Hawks selected center Onyeka Okongwu from Southern Cal with the No. 6 pick of the draft.