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Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval has rejected a one-year qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Giants tendered the $15.3 million offer prior to the November 3 deadline, but Sandoval is expected to garner multiple long-term offers on the free agent market. By extending the qualifying offer, the Giants ensure that they will receive a compensatory draft pick if Sandoval signs elsewhere.
Klay Thompson had quite a week, and the NBA took note, naming the Warriors’ shooting guard the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
Thompson signed a four-year maximum extension worth nearly $70million Friday, lit up his boyhood team, the Lakers, for a career-high 41 points Saturday, and then scored a game-high 29 points, including a game-winning floater with 8.9 seconds left, against the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The 49ers created an opening on their 53-man roster by waiving defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs on Tuesday, but that spot won’t be filled by Aldon Smith this week.
The All-Pro outside linebacker won’t be reinstated a week early from his nine-game suspension and won’t be available Sunday against the Saints, ESPN reported. Smith, who reportedly could have returned early for good behavior, will be reinstated Monday and will make his 2014 debut on Nov. 16 when the 49ers visit the New York Giants.