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The L.A. Clippers guard Terance Mann agrees to two-year, $22 million contract extension

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann has agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract extension, ESPN’s The Undefeated has learned.

Mann averaged 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists last season primarily as a reserve for the Clippers, but offered a big lift in the postseason as they advanced to the Western Conference Finals after Kawhi Leonard was injured. Mann has two years paying $1.78 million and $1.9 million, respectively.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder’s new contract extension is fully guaranteed. Mann also recently signed a multi-year contract with the Chinese shoe company Anta.

The Clippers drafted the former Florida State star with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

“It is with tremendous honor and pride that I sign this extension with the Clippers,” Mann told The Undefeated in a statement. “The faith and commitment in my development and contribution thus far will provide me the motivation I need as I continue to be a pivotal part of our championship run. I want to thank the front office for this opportunity to remain a part of the Clipper Nation. I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for believing me and allowing me to grow both on and off the court.”

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Klay Thompson leads Golden State in scoring for first time since ACL injury as Warriors beat Detroit Pistons

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SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson knew he needed to use the same patience he learned over the past 2½ years and apply it to his shot coming back. And for the most part, it looked to have paid off in the Golden State Warriors102-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

“Oh, yeah, no question,” Thompson said when asked whether his performance was his best since returning to the court. “Made some shots, made some tough shots on the move. … I was just happy to see the ball go through the rim.”

Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-8 from 3. It was the first time Thompson topped the team in scoring since posting 30 in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals — the game in which he tore his ACL. It also was his highest-scoring performance so far in his return and best by field goal percentage (46.2%).

“He’s getting his legs underneath him, for sure. He’s looking better and better, and his wind and conditioning has improved,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Thompson is shooting 35.7% from 3 in his five games since returning from his 941-day hiatus. Most of his misses have been short, but as his legs get back underneath him, as Kerr says they are, the Warriors expect those shots to come back.

Neither Thompson nor his team has ever been concerned about his shot. It’s what he does. And until it completely returns, they’ll live with the misses.

“I don’t care if I miss 100 shots in a row, I’m never going to stop shooting the ball,” Thompson said. “I love it too much, and I work too hard not to.”

His favorite shot of the night was the last one he took in the first half: “a classic corner 3. Just a pump fake, side step, knock it down,” he said.

Since coming back, Thompson has added another dimension to his offense as a playmaker and rim attacker.

“Steve was just holding me back,” Thompson joked about not creating as many plays for others before this season.

According to Kerr, the Warriors didn’t previously need Thompson to be a facilitator, as he was playing alongside Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. But now, it’s something this current roster could use more of.

As for his increased efforts to attack the basket, Thompson takes it as a sign of good faith that his body is where it needs to be. He also said it has helped him get into rhythm as his shot from distance catches up.

Outside of Thompson having his best individual performance since returning over a week ago, the team believes it was the most cohesive they’ve played as a unit.

Particularly, the way Thompson and Curry played with each other. Curry finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, reminiscent of the days when the Splash Brothers played together at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

“It happens so fast. [Thompson] and [Curry] heat up so fast,” Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins said. “When they do, it’s damn near impossible to stop.”

In the third quarter, Curry went back to the locker room for several minutes after banging his left hand on a deflected ball. He returned with a bandage wrapped around his left middle finger — the opposite hand that held him out of the Warriors’ game at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Kerr doesn’t believe it’s anything serious.

Tuesday’s performance was the first piece of evidence for the Warriors that their patience so far has been paying off. But there’s more needed, as they wait at least two weeks for Draymond Green to return from a disk issue in his lower back and for Andre Iguodala to come back after sitting out against the Pistons.

But there is confidence that their patience will once again be worth the wait.

“I cannot wait for that day,” Thompson said.

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San Antonio Spurs’ Bryn Forbes traded to Denver Nuggets in 3-team deal

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The Denver Nuggets are acquiring San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night.

The Nuggets will send Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Celtics, and the Spurs will acquire Boston forward Juancho Hernangomez and Denver’s 2028 second-round pick, sources said.

The Nuggets are hopeful Forbes can improve their 3-point shooting. Forbes ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage over the past four NBA seasons among players with more than 1,000 attempts, trailing only Brooklyn’s Joe Harris and Philadelphia’s Seth Curry, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The Celtics will save approximately $3 million in salary on the deal, which will help them avoid the luxury tax. Dozier is lost for the season with an ACL tear, and Bol underwent foot surgery on Tuesday that’s expected to sideline him for three months. Dozier is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Bol will be a restricted free agent.

Boston has no immediate plans to waive Dozier or Bol, certainly not before the Feb. 10 trade deadline, sources said. Bol, who failed a physical with the Pistons last week, voiding a trade with Denver, could return this season. Both Bol’s and Dozier’s Bird Rights could be useful for the Celtics this summer.

Hernangomez, 26, has played sparingly since arriving to the Celtics in the offseason, averaging 1.1 points in five minutes per game.

Forbes played his first four NBA seasons with the Spurs before winning a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020-21. He signed back with the Spurs in free agency in August.

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Utah Jazz put Donovan Mitchell in concussion protocol

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The Utah Jazz placed shooting guard Donovan Mitchell in the concussion protocol Tuesday.

The Jazz said Mitchell took a hit before halftime in Monday night’s 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and began experiencing symptoms after the game.

Mitchell will miss at least Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

Mitchell had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in Monday night’s game. He is averaging 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season for the 29-15 Jazz, who are in fourth place in the Western Conference entering play Tuesday night.

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