Warriors guard Klay Thompson appears confident in the team’s chances under rookie head coach Steve Kerr.
Asked what can be expected from the Warriors next season, Thompson nodded his head and told HoopJab.com on Sunday, “Championship. That’s right. Yep.”
But will Thompson be a part of Warriors’ future with Minnesota’s Kevin Love on the trading block?
“Golden State is a team that’s going to stay in there, and Golden State knows this: ‘If we’re going to get Kevin Love, we have to put Klay Thompson in the deal,’” Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday on The Dan Patrick Show. “And I think when you look around at all the young players that they could get in Minnesota, Klay Thompson might be the best one available to them.”
Warriors executive board member Jerry West, who recommended the Warriors draft Thompson, praised the player for expanding his game on both ends of the floor this past season while telling CSN Bay Area last week, “He and (Stephen) Curry fit great together, should be a backcourt for a long time.”
Thompson told Turkish blogger Mete Aktas earlier this month that he was used to hearing the trade rumors. Asked by Aktas where he saw himself in five years, Thompson said he would be happy to have won at least one NBA championship by then.
“It’s been fun to watch. It’s been tough to watch,” Thompson told HoopJab.com of watching the NBA Finals. “I wish we were still playing. You respect the teams still playing. It’s not easy to play this far into June…I respect the Heat, the Spurs a ton.”
Kerr won two championships with San Antonio playing for coach Gregg Popovich.
“I’m more excited just how he’s been around winning so much in his career,” Thompson said.