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Sources: Klay Thompson Expected to Return for Game 4 of NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is expected to return for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports, after Golden State made the difficult decision to hold him out right before Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Thompson, who is nursing a left hamstring injury he suffered in Game 2, lobbied management and the coaching staff to let him play.

A few hours after announcing Thompson would be held out as a precautionary measure, the Warriors suffered an ugly 123-109 loss as the Raptors took a 2-1 series lead.

Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Rockets to Pursue Sign-and-Trade for Jimmy Butler

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Once free agency starts on Sunday, the Houston Rockets are planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul, league sources tell ESPN.

The Rockets don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler, so they’d need the threat of the Sixers losing him for nothing to a team with the available room to motivate the Sixers into a trade. The Rockets would also potentially need to make this a multiteam deal to satisfy the rules of Base Year Compensation that would cover Butler’s outgoing salary.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Mavericks Plan to Offer Kristaps Porzingis Five-Year, $158 Million Deal

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Restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks will meet when free agency opens on June 30 and the franchise plans to offer Porzingis a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Kernel of truth’ to Lakers Interest in D’Angelo Russell

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(There is at least a kernel of truth to the Lakers’ interest in a reunion, sources say, but L.A. has a lot to sort out.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

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