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NBA Rumors: Mills to Lead NBPA?

Steve Mills may have his next gig lined up if he’s let go by the Knicks… Warriors plan to re-sign Klay Thompson… Kings had several trades fall through

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Mills could have next gig lined up

Steve Mills has emerged as a strong candidate to become executive director of the National Basketball Player Association.

Mills was in the running to replace Billy Hunter last summer before he was rehired by the New York Knicks as president. Mills’ plan was to hire a general manager with a background in analytics.

With Phil Jackson joining the Knicks, Mills’ role with the franchise in the long-term remains unclear.

Via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News

Jackson was complimentary of Mills when he officially came on as president, but it’s very common for top executives to want to hand pick their own staff. While Mills is capable and familiar with the league in a way that Jackson isn’t yet, the fact of the matter is that he’s not one of Jackson’s guys.

Isola reported yesterday that Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan were clashing over some of the changes that he wants to make in the front office, and this could be one situation that solves itself.

The NBPA is desperately in need of a new executive director and Mills has been one of the most popular candidates for over a year now.

Warriors plan to re-sign Klay Thompson

Joe Lacob on contract status of his shooting guard: “We are going to re-sign Klay Thompson. I will say that unequivocally.”

via 97.5 The Game

Thompson is still on his rookie contract, but will be a restricted free agent at the end of next season – assuming that the Warriors issue a qualifying offer, which is a near certainty. His price tag could be quite high, though, as he’s improved every year.

This season, he averaged 18.4 points a game and has scored over 20 in two of their three playoff games so far. With Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andre Iguodala already having long-term term deals, the Warriors guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, when a contract extension for Thompson would kick in, is $50.5 million. That’s without picking up the options for Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, and Nemaja Nedovic. So, the Warriors may have to accept paying the luxury tax if they’re indeed going to stay true to their word and keep Thompson in the Bay.

Kings had several deals fall through

Pete D’Alessandro: “When you’re doing a trade, a deal isn’t done until it’s done. I’ve had probably five other deals done this year that weren’t ever completed, but they were right there, and at least one of them that got done was done quickly and out of nowhere. So trades are really difficult in terms of trying to manage the moving parts.”

via NBA.com

This is actually far more common than the average fans realize. The majority of the deals that get discussed never actually get completed or make their way into the news.

It’s not surprising to hear that the Kings thought they had a couple of other deals done. They were very active in season, trading for Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams.

When D’Alessandro took over he vowed to be aggressive, so you can definitely expect that trend to continue as he looks to get the Kings back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Yannis Koutroupis is Basketball Insiders' Managing Site Editor and Senior Writer. He has been covering the NBA and NCAA for seven years.

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