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Around the Realm: Klay Thompson has a torn Achilles, Warriors trade for Oubre, and Morey reshapes the Sixers

We've got a lot of news to catch up on as the league prepares for free agency on Friday.

Welcome to Around the Realm, where we look at the top news stories from around the league. If I missed any notable stories, feel free to discuss in the comments!

Klay Thompson is out for the season

In the hours leading up to the NBA draft we learned that Klay Thompson had hurt himself during a workout. Today the worst fears were confirmed, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported Klay has suffered a torn Achilles.

This is a huge blow for the Warriors, who had hoped for a title run. Golden State responded quickly to address the opening at the wing, trading for Kelly Oubre Jr.

The Warriors acquired Oubre using a $17 million trade exception, but the move could have significant impacts on their luxury tax bill.

Daryl Morey is a magician

When Daryl Morey arrived in Philadelphia, the team was locked into a terrible cap situation and a roster that didn't work together. On draft day Morey managed to completely unclog several of Philly's biggest issues.

First, Morey dealt Al Horford and draft assets to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson.

Morey then traded Josh Richardson and a second round pick to Dallas for Seth Curry.

In two moves Morey unclogged Philadelphia's cap sheet from long term, hefty contracts for Horford and Richardson. And in the process he surrounded Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons with floor-spacing shooters in Curry and Green. The moves also allow Tobias Harris to move back to his more natural stretch 4 role.

Gordon Hayward opts out

Despite the deadline extension and Danny Ainge's best efforts to find a deal, Gordon Hayward opted out of the final year of his contract and will enter free agency.

The current speculation is that the New York Knicks are targeting him after they cleared about $40 million in cap space on Thursday.

Rubio returns to Minnesota

As part of draft day trades, Ricky Rubio returned home to the Timberwolves.

The deal also included James Johnson going to Oklahoma City.

Rubio pairs well as a backcourt partner for D'Angelo Russell and provides an experienced hand to spread the ball among Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and Jaden McDaniels.

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Today was a day full of player options being picked up and declined, and it would be overwhelming to include every move here. The NBA is going to look wildly different in another 24 hours, as NBA Free Agency kicks off at 2pm PT on Friday.

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mdeedublu
14 days ago

Have the Kings been linked to any free agents just yet? I haven’t seen anything but with the amount of news coming out of the NBA, it might be easy to miss!

RikSmits
14 days ago

Mavs got better. Richardson is good player on both sides of the floor.

Henry
14 days ago

These around the league recaps are great. Would love to see this on an ongoing basis

Henry
14 days ago

I feel bad for Rubio. In both Utah and Phoenix, he stabilized the PG position, made those teams better, then got unceremoniously dumped for ‘better’ point guards seemingly based on the belief that a Rubio-run team has a playoff ceiling. Which, may be true, but I’d still be pretty unhappy about it too, if I was him. I think he may do the same for the T-Wolves, though I’m not sold on the KAT/D’Lo core.

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