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The new wrinkle this week: the NBA’s massive upcoming television rights deal, which will bring in more than $24 billion from ESPN and Turner Sports. That means everything will shoot up: team values, salary caps and player contracts. The rub is the deal doesn’t kick in until 2016, meaning players who sign contracts over the next year could feel like someone who buys an iPhone right before the new version is introduced.

If Thompson wants in on the gold rush on the horizon, he could always sign a one-year deal, then become a restricted free agent in 2016.

“It really is tempting to do all that,” Thompson said. “But I’d rather have the security right now, you know?”

via J.A. Adande of ESPN

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