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Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes look forward to future with Warriors rather than dwell on trade rumors

Even while in Turkey helping promote the NBA, Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson was asked about trade rumors.

With Minnesota star forward Kevin Love appearing likely to put on the trading block, the Warriors are seen as one of the teams that will place a bid. In return, the Timberwolves are expected to ask for a lot in return, and that’s where talents like Thompson and forward Harrison Barnes come into play.

Thompson told Turkish blogger Mete Aktas on Friday that he’s used to hearing the rumors, adding, “Your job is never secure in this league unless your name is LeBron James or Steph Curry.”

Asked if he could see his future being at Golden State and if would remain there, Thompson said (in translation), “I hope that happens, but it is a fact that you never know what will happen in the NBA.”

Barnes indicated in San Francisco on Thursday that he was well aware of the rumors.

“It’s one of those things where if you feed into it, you can go crazy,” Barnes said. “For me, I just worry about the team that I’m on. I’ll worry about the Warriors. I’ll worry about getting better, and if I’m traded, then I’ll approach that obstacle when it comes. But to me, you never want to go into the mindset like you’ll be traded.”

Thompson, who finished his third professional season with career-highs of 18.4 points per game and a 41.7 shooting percentage from 3-point range, has high hopes for the coming years. Asked where he saw himself in five years, Thompson said his goals were to play in several All-Star games, win an NBA championship, and win a gold medal with Team USA.

Thompson told Aktas he was “shocked” by the firing of coach Mark Jackson, but was confident in Steve Kerr after speaking to the new coach.

“He told me that he doesn’t want to change much on the offense since we have a good thing going,” Thompson said.

Asked on Sirius XM about the coaching situation, Thompson said, “The thing about the Warriors is, we want to win. Steve I know is going to take us there, and we’re only going to get better.”

Diamond Leung

  • Stan

    They can have just as much fun riding their gold plated jeweled scooters in Minnesota as in the bay area. What difference does it make?

  • Stan

    Love on the other hand digs those California girls…sweetest in the world…

  • Stan

    Have fun in Palm Springs Kawakami !..fly your freak flag!

  • Stan

    Or,where ever you are..wink wink..

  • Stan

    I think the do nothing time is over, when is Kerr going to get his assistants? Tell us what his plan is? key the Defense? Smallball? Guard dominated? Bogut is not reliable..what does Kerr say about that?
    I hear crickets from Warriors HQ.

  • Howard Benner

    Methinks coach/GM/Prez Saunders of the ‘Wolves has “Flipped” out; tersely indicating kevin Love has “nothing to be frustrated about?!”

    He’s either part of the problem or part of the solution?! What’s his game? Tough (kevinless) Love?! Is he taking a page outta Vladimir Putin’s playbook?! Despotic leadership in the Twin cities?!

    This outta really motivate Love to play out of his mind in order to get his get out of Minnesota not so free card. . .