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Mychal Thompson on son Klay’s possible trade: “I’m going to have to talk him down off the ledge”

Jun 19, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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If you’re looking for a reliable source for the rumors that a Kevin Love trade to the Golden State Warriors is moving along, how about the father of one Klay Thompson, the main piece that would be heading back to Minnesota?

Klay’s father Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick, the former member of the Showtime Lakers, and currently a Lakers broadcaster and sports talk radio host in L.A. — made it sound like the deal is very close, as reported by Monte Poole at

“My source knows what’s going on up there (in Oakland),” Thompson said Thursday morning on the air of ESPN LA 710. “And since this guy told me that this is really close to happening, it just kind of depressed me.”

It also depressed Klay. There had been talk about Love coming to the Bay Area but at first the Warriors were reticent to part with Thompson. That has changed.

“It’s disappointing, because Klay and I have been talking about this all summer and the possibility of this happening, as far as him and Kevin being together on the same team – along with Steph Curry,” Mychal Thompson said. “And he was really looking forward to that. He thought that if you added Love to the Splash Brothers, with (Andrew) Bogut and (Andre) Iguodala, they had a chance . . . to get to the West finals next year.

“If this happens, I’m going to have to talk him down off the ledge.”

I would feel the same way if I were Thompson.

But it is the right move for Golden State. The bottom line is this: Thompson’s skill set is easier to replicate than Love’s.

The alleged deal would look something like Thompson and David Lee for Love and some combination of Kevin Martin, backup point guard J.J. Berea and Minnesota’s No. 1 pick (13th overall) in next week’s NBA draft. I think sending all of those West is too high a price for Minnesota. This is a fluid situation and other players such as Draymond Green could end up in the mix. I’d give up Martin (Thompson replaces him) and either Barea or the pick, but not both.

That trade is a win for the Warriors. Martin isn’t as good as Thompson but he’s a solid replacement and good three point shooter. With Love and Stephen Curry Golden State would have the instant best pick-and-pop combo in the NBA, plus it keeps its defensive core of Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut in place. The Warriors become contenders in the West.

Expect that if Minnesota does this it’s the first of a series of moves to rebuild. They may like and try to keep Thompson, but Lee will not be in the long-term plans (Lee and Nikola Pekovic make a terrible defensive front line).

It’s not yet a done deal and I wouldn’t expect Minnesota to pull the trigger until draft day. But talks are progressing.

  1. jamesmfitzpatrick - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM


    Splash Bros

    • loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Klay can just tweet out I won’t resign in Minnesota in two years and squash it there.

      • loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        I should have read right below first

      • yesser12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Pretty much. He will be a rental player if he truly does not want to be in Minn.

      • bdachan12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Except that he’ll be a restricted free agent. So he doesn’t have the option of not resigning.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        @bdachan12: Of course he has the option. The option of making damn sure everyone knows he doesn’t want to be there and forces his way out of town.*

        *(If it had to come to that, I imagine things could be worked out more politely.)

      • bdachan12 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM


        How did that work out for Eric Gordon and Jeff Teague?

  2. azarkhan - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Klay Thompson’s contract runs through the 2014-2015 season. He should let the Timberwolves know that if traded for Kevin Love, he will not re-sign with Minnesota under any circumstances. If they still want to make the deal, then the Wolves would be setting themselves up for the same situation they are currently in with Love.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Wolves should in turn immediately trade Thompson to the Cavs for Waiters.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM


    • spursareold - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Actually, Minnesota would have an option for 2015-2016, and his restricted rights in the summer of 2016.

    • robsaia - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      No, Klay is a pro and will play like one for Minnesota (if traded). He will set himself up for a max deal in a few years.

  3. kb2408 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    If this trade happens, the LAKERS and Timberwolves should work out a deal to bring Klay back to Cali and to his dads favorite team.

    • kb2408 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Both Klay and his Dad would be ecstatic. More importantly, so would I.

      • trevor123698 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        so you are claiming that there is a difference between republican and democrat. you sir, are a total retard

    • billtetley53 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Dummy, the lakers cupboard is bare. They have nothing of value to trade back to Minnesota.
      Postings like this are why you get made fun. Nothing you post is based in reality.

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Laker fans are like Republicans….they ignore fact and reality.

        And like Republicans they just set themselves up to be goofed on.

  4. sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Dads gotta prepare their kids to expect the worst and hope for the best…

    Dad, you talked to your son about playing with Love and Curry and that’s what he thought about, got his hopes up etc…

    You played in the league and work around it still… shoulda told him it’s a business son and that you could get traded, even when they say you won’t and even when they say they want to keep you.

    Gotta PLAN and PREPARE for the rainy days…

    Not wait for the storm to hit and not have done anything to prepare for it at all…

  5. joeksnuffy - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Even if this trade doesn’t go through, it may be a disruption for GSW in terms of the chemistry with Klay feeling expendable and all that. This would be in addition to the turmoil over the coaching change.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      The same thing happened with Steph Curry early on. He got over it..

  6. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Wait,another report said Thompson was open to playing in Minnesota because it gives him the best chance to get a max deal.

  7. purple4life2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    *is in mix

  8. antistratfordian - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    You can’t have Klay, Curry and Love all on the same team endlessly chucking threes – that’s too much of a good thing – like eating 30 cheeseburgers in a week.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      You mean ’30 veggie burgers a week’…it is the bay area after all.

    • robsaia - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Disagree. That is like saying too much money is a bad thing.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM


  9. seattlesuperchronic - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM


    Mmmmm, cheeseburgers.

  10. jolink653 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Wait, so Golden State would get Love AND a first round pick? That can’t be right, can it? They get the best player and a relatively high pick in a loaded draft? I can’t imagine the Wolves would trade a pick in this year’s draft, especially when they’re unloading their star player in order to get something in return and build their team further

    • tablescrappy - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      I had the same thought, but as a Dubs fan I’m all for it.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        I’m with you guys on that also. Right now i think martin is a better more efficient. player who gets to the line more and klay is a career 43% shooter who shoots to much and has to many 7 for 17-21 shooting games and is not a very good defender but better than martin. Seems like with martin added that Minn. should get another player or a pick

  11. purple4life2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Funny, dad pitched idea of having Curry, Klay, Love, Bogut and Iggy all the same team. Without a 2014 first round pick, apparently dad thought Draymond Green and Marcus Speights was a fair offer for Love.

  12. hauts81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Thompson’s skills are easier to replicate than Love’s…what, Love’s scoring and rebounding? He rebounds at the expense of his defense, which is non-existent. I’d be happy to have Thompson.

  13. mackcarrington - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if both Klay and Love ended up with the Lakers in 2 seasons? Why would Minny want to keep him if they know he doesn’t want to be there?
    But….His dad went to college in Minnesota. He may be able to sell him on staying there.

    • kinggw - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      It doesn’t really matter if he wants to be there or not. As spurs mentioned he’s a restricted free agent after next year so they can control him for several years whether he likes or not.

      • mackcarrington - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        If I’m not mistaken, restricted means that an offer has to be matched to “control him for several years”. Suppose the offer is too rich for Minny? And I think It does matter to a team if they know a player doesn’t want to be there.
        You think they would match an offer knowing that?

      • kinggw - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Sure do. See Eric Gordon for exhibit A. He publicly pleaded for the Pelicans not to match the offer sheet he signed with the Suns, and the Pelicans matched anyway. Gordon hasn’t been a malcontent since the New Orleans matched.

        Should he be traded, Thompson would be upset, but I also believe he’d be a professional and get over it.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        I’m confused as to how people think klay is some transcendent talent at 43% shooting for his career. He has room for improvement but your team is in trouble if he is your first or second option. He needs to learn to get to the rim and play defense.

  14. revren10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    This trade is as bad as Obama care full of BS. Minnesota would get boned in this deal just like the democrats when they get on there knees to other world leaders

  15. jazz11001 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    This doesn’t make sense. So the wolves give up a batter player an additional player and their first rounder for klay and Lee? How do you have a job ? Is this David Khan reporting here?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      No, his post is phrased horribly. MINN gets the 1st.

  16. illegalblues - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Klay Thompson has had a PER under 15 every year of his career. What exactly makes him so special? he’s Jeff Green with a nickname

    • bkbell3 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Actually green is a much better player who just needs to rev up his engine more often and not disappear so much.

  17. tcstunner - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Whoever reported that the Wolves would give up their 1st round pick in this trade is an idiot. Yeah the Wolves are gonna trade the best player involved in the deal and a high 1st round pick. Sure. First Flip already said he’s not trading the 13th pick. Second the deal I’ve heard from actual reliable sources is Lee, Thompson and a future 1st for Love and Martin. Barnes might be included along with some other players from MN.

  18. gnu2308 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    My favorite part of this article:

    “I’d give up Martin (Thompson replaces him) and either Barea or the pick, but not both.”

    Are you serious? Barea or the pick? Do you know Barea is not worth a piss pot right now? Your comment implies his value is that of the #13 pick in the draft. Heck, you might have to give a team the #13 pick just to take Barea.

    • purple4life2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      They don’t need to rid themselves of Barrea. His contract expires after the year. I agree he isn’t worth jack right now. But his expiring deal is worth near $5 million in cap room. That Brousaard report of a first with Barrea, amongst the rest, is straight BS.

      Clearly Brousaard just reports anything he reads on twitter. No way Flip gives up Love, $5 million of eventual cap space AND a first round pick for Thompson and Lees atrocious deal. Defies logic.

      Flip can theoretically let Love, Barrea, Schved, Mbah a Moute and Turiaf all leave at the end of 2015 and he’d have $30 million in cap space right there.

      Obviously get what you can for Love. But they’ll keep most other guys above unless it’s a pretty enticing deal. Use their $$ to pay Klay and Rubio IMO.

      • monkeyhateclean - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Cap space is useless to the Wolves. Minny = free agent Siberia. No one wants to go there.

  19. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Sounds like Daddy didn’t do too good a job prepping his son for the realities of the league. And comparing the situation to suicide is irresponsible and ignorant.

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