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Report: Klay Thompson ‘pissed’ that Warriors legitimately considered trading him for Kevin Love

Aug 22, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

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Before LeBron James went to the Cavaliers and Cleveland offered a package that included the last two number one overall draft picks in exchange for Kevin Love, the Warriors were very close to landing Minnesota’s All-Star.

The package from Golden State was centered around David Lee and Klay Thompson, and with the Timberwolves wanting to try to compete now instead of starting over with a drawn-out rebuilding of the roster, they might have pulled the trigger if the Warriors were ready to go.

But ultimately, there was too much concern within the Warriors organization that the defense would suffer if Thompson was dealt, and so the deal was dead.

Thompson gets to remain in Golden State, but he reportedly wasn’t at all pleased that the possibility of him getting traded was even discussed.

From Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report (via NBA.com):

League sources also say they could’ve dealt Harrison Barnes to Orlando for Arron Afflalo in conjunction with the Minnesota deal, which would’ve given them a reasonable substitute for Thompson.

Eventually, they passed on everything because there wasn’t a strong consensus in the organization that they’d definitively be better. And when it became clear that Love would be headed to Cleveland instead of a Western Conference rival, such as the Houston Rockets, it made the need to roll the dice even less enticing.

Myers’ attempt to be as honest as possible is appreciated, but it has come with a price. While attempts to reach Lee or his representatives were unsuccessful, a source close to Thompson said the shooting guard is “pissed” that the Warriors legitimately considered moving him.

If Thompson really feels (or felt) this way, he needs to grow a thicker skin.

Trade discussions happen between front office executives constantly — maybe not as much as with Minnesota and other teams once the news that Love wanted out became public, but the fact remains that they’re ongoing nonetheless.

What Thompson should be concerned with instead is whether or not the Warriors will give him the max contract extension that he’s reportedly seeking. If he doesn’t get it and he and his agent believe that’s what he’s worth, he could be headed to restricted free agency next summer, and find himself in a situation similar to that of Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe.

That would be far worse (at least financially) than being traded to Minnesota, or anywhere else.

  1. bucrightoff - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    It’s ok Klay, in a few years Warrior fans will be pissed they didn’t trade you for Kevin Love. Not saying Thompson won’t be a good player, just never anywhere as good as Kevin Love.

    • vikes69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      klay thompson is one of the best shooting guards in the league, he is a great defender (guards pgs and sgs) and is a 42% 3 point shooter. Love doesnt play any defens and is a stat machine on a bad team, klay could be a 25 ppg scorer if he wasnt a #3 option on a team. You are drastically underrating Klay

      • bucrightoff - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Actually you’re horribly overrating him. Love’s defensive “deficiencies” are vastly overstated, like somehow he’s James Harden bad. No he’s just not elite like a LeBron or Tim Duncan, but he’s not a sieve.

        Stat machine on a bad team? You mean the only player the Timberwolves had that would rank in the top 10 in his position in the league (and #1 at that)? Kevin Love put up those numbers with no protection, now he has LeBron and Kyrie. His stats might improve if anything.

        Thompson also has Curry protecting him. Thinking he still shoots 42% from 3 when he’s the biggest threat and not the second perimeter option? I sure don’t. Thompson will never be a top 10 NBA player, which Kevin Love currently is.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Klay Thompson fits pretty well into what the Warriors are doing. Love is a good player too, but there are reasons why Thompson might be a better fit. Kind of like Colangelo always says about USA Basketball.. it’s not always about the best player, but rather the best fit. I am not saying that Love wouldn’t be a good fit, I think he would work well, but I can see the Warriors reasoning.

      • zoomy123 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        James Harden and Klay Thompson are the biggest frauds in the NBA. Harden chokes in the post-season every year and Thompson: 1) is not an elite defender; 2) has suspect handles; 3) can’t create his own shot; 4) can’t do anything offensively except shoot 3′s.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        “he is a great defender…Love doesnt play any defense

        I don’t know about that. Check out their Defensive Real Plus-Minus:

        Kevin Love DRPM: 1.54
        Klay Thompson DRPM: -0.17

        I went into Synergy to check their Points Per Play (PPP) allowed on defense and this is what we find:

        Kevin Love – Overall – 0.84 PPP – Rank 108
        Klay Thompson – Overall – 0.82 PPP – Rank 69

        They’re very similar overall on a Points Per Play basis. But that’s just overall. Let’s see how they do on specific play types:

        Kevin Love – Isolation – 11.8%Time – 0.77 PPP – Rank 91
        Klay Thompson – Isolation – 13.8%Time – 0.84 PPP – Rank 151

        Kevin Love – Post Up – 40%Time – 0.72 PPP – Rank 43
        Klay Thompson – Post Up – 8.3%Time – 0.85 PPP – Rank 128

        Kevin Love – Spot Up – 29.3%Time – 0.94 PPP – Rank 146
        Klay Thompson – Spot Up – 19.8%Time – 0.88 PPP – Rank 74

        Kevin Love – Off Screen – 5.8%Time – 1.0 PPP – Rank 132
        Klay Thompson – Off Screen – 8.7%Time – 0.76 PPP – Rank 33

        On the other play types (P&R Ball Handler, P&R Roll Man and Hand Off) either Thompson or Love didn’t defend enough of those plays to rank, so we’d have nothing to compare the other to, so those are not listed. (If you’re curious, Kevin Love ranked 77th in the league on P&R Roll Man defense, which isn’t too bad, and was at least better than Tiago Splitter [89th] and Maric Gortat [97th])

        But as we can see here, on a Points Per Play basis on defense, Kevin Love definitely holds his own against the likes of a Klay Thompson.

      • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:52 AM

        People who say that Love can’t play defense actually don’t watch basketball, or haven’t spent time watching him play. They just listen to & repeat other hard heads who are guilty of the same blindness.

        And Klay’s D is criminally overrated! Guarantee* you guys that vikes69 hasn’t seen any of that either. He’s a decent-to-good defensive player but not great… but you know bad rumors spreads like a rapid disease of bad minds infected with stupidity.. and *ignorance*

    • vikes69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      First off, Love Lebron and Kyrie all have extremely high usage %, not to mention waiters is high as well. I dont understand how you think he will put up better numbers with the cavs. Love had the 23rd highest FG % for PFs, while Lee was top 10. Also i never said that love was as bad as harden defensively, but he isn’t a good defender, which is still half of the game.

      Klay on the other hand is a great defender, constantly guarding the best pg or sg on the opposing team, instead of being a defensive liability as love. Also you are taking this deal as a 1 for 1, and Lee is also a top 10 PF.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Over a third of Kevin Love’s shots were three pointers, but please, tell me more about how comparing his raw field goal percentage to David Lee’s is relevant.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        You, people do realize that klay’s career per is 13.9 and was 14.4 last year with a league average at 15 per? Love’s career per is i think 23 and last year was third in the league at 26.9. And just who has klay been shutting down with his defense? Yea, he looks all world on defense playing next to the ghost who is curry. Look at the usa game tonight, rose,curry,irving and klay couldn’t stay in front of PR guards, most of whom do not even play in the NBA. Klay might improve but he is vastly over rated esp. in his delusional mind. Max player? Child please.

      • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:56 AM

        D. Lee is good and underrated but not at all a top 10 pf. Quit lying!

      • vikes69 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        player efficiency rating is an awful stat. And Klay is by far the best defender that you have mentioned, as every announcer has said that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves defensively, and that there was no chance he was going to get cut.

    • avb300 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Now the truth comes out…

      Check out this post on rim protectors: http://avb300.wordpress.com/

  2. cluelessdufus - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Well at least you get to stay Klay, at least your wanted. Wiggins barely spoke with anyone in the Cavs organization, with so much speculation that he would be traded and was. With Lebron practically saying he doesn’t want him. Get over it.

  3. eagles512 - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Baby

  4. aldavis4president - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    So glad we didn’t trade for klove. So overrated.

    • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:15 AM

      Yeah a top 4 NBA player (or MVP candidate) .. K Love so overrated! Last year Love put up the highest production (per min) than any player has in the NBA in 15 years when Shaquille O’Neal had a record high season in ’99 – ’00.

      …soo overrated this guy!

      Yea his fg % could have been better, he’s a decent defender just not one of the top in the NBA (so I guess that makes him a bad defender.. ?? according to some people’s logic)

      You don’t know your basketball very well.. it shows.

  5. skinsfanwill - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    This time last year everyone was stating Minnesota would be in the playoffs. How did that turn out. Love is overrated to fifth power. Sure you can get good numbers jacking all the shots you want on a bad team. I guarantee he own’t average 20 in the Eastern conference where some semblance of defense is still played, and where he is the 3rd option where option #1 wants to sit at the 3-point line and dribble till the clock runs out. Gimme Klay all day.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      You either don’t watch basketball or shouldn’t. Stick with the coloring books & macaroni pictures.

      • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:17 AM

        Absolutely stay away from talking about basketball again, skinsfanwill. Don’t even know where to begin with your atrociously wrong comment..

        ..but it’d be a waste of time.

  6. kamauthabiti - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    he should be pissed, he is better than Love.

  7. innovativethinking87 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Wow that would have been a great trade for the Warriors. Trading Barnes for Affalo on the departure of Klay to offset losing him was a great idea. Affalo is a super nice contingency plan for that.

    Dont get me wrong Klay is super nice but he more suited to be that 3rd guy on a legit super team not somebody you say no to when KLove is being offered. Curry and KLove could have been a better version of Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge and look how the Blazers turned out to be with those two studs..

    Ah well maybe the Warriors know what their doing we’ll see

  8. twinfan24 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    So, it’s okay for players to demand max deals and/or jump to the highest bidder, but then they cry if teams discuss trading them? Prima donnas!

  9. rosloe62 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Hey Klay, if you play like crap nobody wants you. You should be flattered they talked about trading you, that means your worth something. Quit crying and try to win a championship for GS.

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Awww, give the baby his bottle and shut up.

  11. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I disagree with the article.

    The good players take it personally.

    Its not like he’s acting out and causing problems. He’s got a little fire in him and that’s what you want.

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    These are some pretty strong reactions to a “source” saying Klay is pissed. I mean big deal? I got pissed at one of my employers on many occasions and I talked to friends about it; but never publicly announced it just like Klay hasn’t publicly said anything about this.

  13. Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    lol where did all these trolling warriors haters come from?

    I’m so glad the warriors kept klay thompson instead of getting kevin love. All the non warriors fans opinions are irrelevant. All they care about is seeing two people labeled superstars on the same team. I don’t care about Kevin Love but warriors haters seem to be quite obsessed with that dead trade. He’s going to the cav’s with lebron. Move on to cav articles and salivate over their team up. Let it go. Stop crying and worry about your own team. Stop trolling warriors articles. It’s pathetic.

  14. campcouch - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Well they didn’t, so when it came down to it, they valued him more than Love, so stop bellyaching. Their defense wouldn’t have suffered, the truth is they wanted to placate Curry after the Jackson firing. Heck, Iguodala made the defensive first team, not Thompson and Bogut does a pretty good job protecting the rim. Klay is a nice complementary player to Curry, but GS missed out on the chance to bring in a talent like Love.

  15. imakcds - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I was going to comment on Klay getting ‘pissed’, but since that ‘fact’ was from a ‘source’, and not a single quote directly from Klay was found anywhere in the article, Then ANY and ALL comments are rendered moot,
    You might call this article Trolling, yeh?

  16. nicofthenorthstar - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Baby.

    Wolves are on the way up (of course there’s nowhere else to go). They’ll be fun to watch.

  17. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Not sure why he needs to grow a thicker skin here. It’s not like he’s throwing a tantrum. Dude’s name came up and someone “heard from a source” that he was “pissed.” Guy’s not a robot, he’s allowed to have an emotional reaction to event that would dramatically impact his life. If you’re job was like “Hey, nothing final yet, but we’re considering shipping you and your family out to Minnesota and there’s nothing you can do about it,” I think being pissed would be a fair emotion.

  18. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    And I’m “pissed” that Kate Upton doesn’t want to date me.

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