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Klay Thompson expects NBA championship for the Warriors next year, but will he be a part of it or traded?

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?

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“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.

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  • Geo77

    Listen to the logo. Thompson fits so well in a back court with Curry, you’re never going to get trade value from another team that equals what he’s worth to the Ws right now. Remember the blow out loss to the Clippers in the playoffs, Klay picked up his 3rd foul in the first quarter and the game was as good as lost right there because of his role in guarding Chris Paul. That’s how valuable he is to the Ws.

  • thewarriorsrule

    i think klay is overrated. i would much rather trade klay than barnes if that’s what it took to get love. barnes has more upside, the physical tools to be an even better defender than klay, a more dominating player, and can shoot the 3 ball almost as well. klay’s defense is overrated. he’s not a lock down top notch defender like iggy, and he never will be. and as much as the Logo is saying that they are a good backcourt, he’s just saying that to hype of klay’s trade value. i don’t think there’s been an nba championship team that lived and died by the 3 ball. you need balance and interior scoring as well. curry, iggy, barnes, love, bogut, is a much better lineup than curry, klay, iggy, lee, bogut!

  • PX

    I agree with trading Klay over Barnes. I think Barnes will be a Kawhi-type player next year under Kerr. Klay is lights out shooting, but we can find a shooter more easily than someone like Barnes who could be dominant. Plus if we get KLove for Klay, then that is a no brainer trade.

  • thewarriorsrule

    agree!

  • sunshipballoons

    Barnes has no perimeter game on offense. He’s a 4 on offense (which he’s proven by being good at offense when he plays the 4) and a 3 on defense (which he might one day prove by becoming good at defense). Klay is a far superior wing defender and infinitely better shooter. Barnes has a better low post game. Klay is a far better penetrator, but he’s afraid of contact around the rim, so both are pretty worthless in that area. Both are very flawed. Barnes looks like his upside is terrific sixth man. Klay’s is excellent shooter/defender who is soft on offense. Needs would seem to be the key fact or in terms of deciding who to move. I see it this way: if they trade Klay, they need Curry coming off screens to shoot more, so that means less Curry at PG and more Igoudala at PG. Or they end up with a defensive sieve at SG, such as Martin. So I think Klay is a bigger need for them now.

    But none of that matters. Klay is definitely necessary to make a Love trade.If I’m Minnesota, I’d only consider taking Lee if I got Klay and Barnes. I’d rather let Love walk then take on Lee’s contract without some pretty big compensation for that.

  • thewarriorsrule

    i think barnes has perimeter game, and can shoot the 3 ball almost as well (he was shooting lights out for most of the year until he hit his cold streak due to jackson shattering his confidence), and it’s underrated. anyone can look at klay and barnes right now and think that klay is way better, but that is not the case if you had barnes as a starter and klay as a 6th man this past year if jackson experimented with his lineup more – not to mention, mixing and matching starters and bench more, instead of hockey subbing all bench guys in at once. klay is a softie at defense, it improved from his 1st year, but he doesn’t have the physical abilities to block shots hard, take contact from physical guards, and the vast speed to stay in front of quick guards. instead he has length, but that is only one part of the puzzle. i thought barnes did a better job on paul than klay in the few times in the playoffs. and i wish jax had iggy on paul actually. all of this will be erased next year because jax is finally gone and kerr will know each players strength and have the players play to it. none of the favoritism that jax had on klay or not giving minutes to players who earned them. kerr will also not have barnes on iso post ups, but rather ball movement and cutting like the spurs, which will help barnes immensely and also lee. and i think barnes can take it stronger to the hole than klay. look at barnes’ dunk on pekovic. klay would never take it strong like that. klay is a shooter and 10% of the time he will take it inside, but we can never wish for that to be 50% on a shooter, they are allergic to contact. i think what you should do is imagine if jax had barnes as a starter this past year and klay as a 6th man. don’t you think we could have been more successful as a team? klay is more fearless shooting away, and barnes needed the help of the starters to keep his confidence going. and giving both klay and barnes for love is way too much. our front office would never do that.

  • sunshipballoons

    “can shoot the 3 ball almost as well”

    –not even close. Barnes gets hot sometimes and sit in around Klay Thompson’s average 3-point shooting. More to the point, Barnes is being guarded by bigs (because he plays the 4 mostly), so it’s easy for him to get an open shot. If he’s guarded by 3s, he doesn’t get good looks at threes.

    “that is not the case if you had barnes as a starter and klay as a 6th man this past year”

    –No way. If Barnes starts at the 3 , his shooting percentage is awful and he gets eaten up by high-quality offensive wings, especially the quicker ones. That also moves Igoudala to the 2, where he is not as good. Or Barnes starts at the 4 (say Lee is injured) and the Ws have the worst rebounding 4 in the NBA. Or he plays the 4 on offense and the 3 on defense, and Green is forced to guard 3s. There’s no starting lineup for the Ws last season that is as good with Barnes as with Klay.

    ” i wish jax had iggy on paul actually”

    –Agreed. That seemed like a no-brainer.

    “kerr will also not have barnes on iso post ups, but rather ball movement and cutting like the spurs, which will help barnes immensely and also lee”

    –If that’s what Kerr is going to do, I agree. And, Barnes might be as good an offensive player at the cut position as Thompson is at the perimeter position on that offense. Klay couldn’t play the cut position on that offense, because he’d miss every layup to avoid contact. However, if they run the spread out version of the triangle, there’s no position for Barnes on offense, unless he turns into a great offensive rebounder suddenly. If they play an inside triangle, there’s no position for Barnes unless he becomes a great passer and can play the high post. So, he should hope Kerr goes more Popavich and less Jackson. Notably, Love would almost certainly provide way, way more value than either Thompson or Barnes on offense if they run a triangle (as a high or low post center on offense) or the San Antonio offense (at the mid-post like Duncan).

    “i think what you should do is imagine if jax had barnes as a starter this past year and klay as a 6th man”

    –I’m imagining it. In this scenario, the Ws are watching the entire playoffs from their couches in Blackhawk or wherever. Barnes wasn’t even the Ws sixth best player this year. He probably wasn’t even the 7th best player. He might have an argument for 8th best.

  • thewarriorsrule

    that’s because barnes’ confidence was shattered by jax this season! holy smokes batman. stop looking at what is, and look at what coulda been. anyone could look at the two right now and think klay is better than barnes. its easy to look at stats and think that klay is the one to keep over barnes.

    i would say barnes is a 36% career 3 pt shooter and klay 40%. i would take barnes and love 3 pt shooting over klay’s anyday. u lose roughly 4% but we’re getting love’s 3 pt shooting, floor spread, and rebounding though.

    if you wanted a glimpse of what barnes’ could do with confidence, look at what he did against the nuggets and spurs in last years playoffs. it doesn’t matter if 2′s, 3′s, or 4′s are guarding barnes. and it’s not like the other team’s respective 2/3/4 is going to guard barnes at 2/3/4. for example, like how klay (2) guarded paul (1). barnes’ 3 pt shooting will be against everyone overall. teams will matchup accordingly. i am looking at overall %.

    barnes can guard the lebron’s pierce’s the sf’s in the league. and yes if barnes played 4 instead of lee we lose a bit of rebounding, but i don’t mind, as long as the team wins in the end.

    iggy at the 2 guard is better than sf. iggy played 2 guard in philly to overcome ai’s defensive shortcomings, he can do the same with curry.

    overall, i think we both agree that getting love is beneficial to our team. i would just not do barnes and lee for love, but would rather do klay and lee for love.

  • sunshipballoons

    “i would say barnes is a 36% career 3 pt shooter and klay 40%.”

    –pretty good guess. It’s actually Barnes 35%,Klay 41%

    ” i would take barnes and love 3 pt shooting over klay’s anyday. u lose roughly 4% but we’re getting love’s 3 pt shooting, floor spread, and rebounding though.”

    –right, of course you would.Love is one of the best big men in the NBA. Klay is, at best, a well-above average SG. Love would arguably be the best player on the Warriors. Even if you added him to the current team without giving up any players, Love would at worst be the second best player. What does that have to do with what we’re talking about, which is whether Barnes is as good as Klay.

    “overall, i think we both agree that getting love is beneficial to our team. i would just not do barnes and lee for love, but would rather do klay and lee for love.”

    –I don’t think you have to worry about that, because nobody in the actual NBA thinks that Barnes is anywhere near as good as Klay. I don’t really think we have to worry about a Klay and Lee for Love trade either, because Minnesota would be crazy to do that. Although Kahn may actually think he can build a really good team around Lee, so you never know.

  • thewarriorsrule

    that’s not a guess, that’s my prediction for their careers.

    it seems like we’re debating about nothing then :)

    i don’t think klay and lee for love is ridiculous for minny. in fact, we’re giving up alot for love. at first i thought i don’t want love, i would rather have a more defensive pf like nene, but kerr seems to be enamored with love and what he can bring into his offense (having curry, klay, and love at the 3 pt line at the same time?). lee is actually the good locker room type of guy that kahn would like to rebuild his team with. lee can put almost the same numbers up as love and klay is the bonus above average sg that can even potentially grow to an all-star as well.

  • sunshipballoons

    it’s a lot for the Ws to give up, but Lee’s contract is a lot for Minny to take on. Lee/Klay is not enough for them to build around (think about it: the Ws without Curry). Getting Lee’s albatross of a contract just delays Minnesota blowing up their team, which is their only hope for success if Love won’t stay. But, hey, Kahn is a total idiot so maybe the Ws can get Love for Lee and a second round pick. :)

  • thewarriorsrule

    klay and lee are better offers than what other teams are giving minny. anyhoo, minny already said that they are not willing to trade love, so that window was over once warriors said klay was untradable. that was a big mistake.

  • sunshipballoons

    I don’t think Klay and Lee is better than three number one picks from Boston. Nor do I think Klay and Lee is better than just letting Love walk. Taking on Lee’s contract just delays what Minny will have to do to actually win: blow up the team.

    If they are just looking to get incrementally better so they can maybe challenge for an 8th seed then get knocked out in the first rounds, then sure, maybe Klay and Lee is their best option. But that’s a pretty stupid plan.