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Agent: Klay Thompson is 'the best two way, two guard in basketball'

Klay Thompson was a leader for team USA in the recent FIBA World Cup and now his agent has some big words about his client.

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Some people were surprised when Klay Thompson made the Team USA roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball but, in the end, Klay ended up becoming one of the important players on the team.

The former Cougar great was second on the team with an average of 12.7 points per game. His play even had some big names in charge of Team USA singing his praises.

[Thompson showcased a] shot that USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo called an "art form" and play[ed] the kind of defense that had coach Mike Krzyzewski deeming him "as good a player as we've had."

Thompson is hoping to leverage his breakout performance in Madrid during an important phase in his career: his first contract extension. The Warriors have until October 31st to extend Thompson and ensure that the dynamic duo of he and Steph Curry, the pair known as the "Splash Brothers," stay together for awhile longer. Should the two parties not be able to reach an agreement by Halloween, Thompson will become a restricted free agent in the Summer of 2015.

A lot of people, including Zach Harper of, say that Klay Thompson is the best player up for extension this deadline. Some people, like Thompson's agent Bill Duffy, agree with that statement and put forward an even bolder statement:

"I don't want (Los Angeles Lakers star) Kobe Bryant to go crazy, but there's some uncertainty as to who he is right now (because of injuries that limited him to six games last season)," Duffy told USA TODAY Sports. "But I think Klay Thompson right now is the top two-way, two-guard in basketball. I think when you look at his body of work, when you look at what he accomplished guarding point guards on a regular basis (last season), I think it's pretty clear."

Duffy is seeking a maximum contract for his client and says that he would prefer to avoid the restricted free agent scenario. Cougs everywhere would like to see our prodigal son get paid, but splitting up one of the most exciting duos in all of basketball seems like a crime. We'll probably find out what happens around the time that the Warriors tip off their regular season in Sacramento against the Kings.


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