The Warriors are reportedly open-minded about sending shooting guard Klay Thompson to Minnesota as part of a trade that would net forward Kevin Love in return.
Thompson’s father, Mychal Thompson, was so convinced the trade was close to happening that he spoke on his ESPN LA 710 AM radio show of being “kind of depressed” and began envisioning how his son would fit in on Minnesota’s roster.
The blockbuster deal according to Mychal would involve Klay, David Lee and a future first-round draft pick being shipped to Minnesota in exchange for Love and guard Kevin Martin.
Mychal Thompson cited a source with “inside information.” Reached after the radio show, Thompson said his source was someone from ESPN.
“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 (Love) being together on the same team along with Steph Curry, and he was really looking forward to that,” Mychal said on the radio.
“He thought that if you added Love to the Splash Brothers, (Andrew) Bogut and (Andre) Iguodala and you tweak the bench, they had a chance to get to the West finals next year. So he was really pumped up.”
Love, 25, is a three-time All-Star who would add another major talent alongside Curry and fulfill new coach Steve Kerr’s wish of having a power forward who could shoot from outside. Love was fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 26.1 points this past season. He also grabbed 12.5 rebounds per game and was tied for eighth in made 3-pointers.
Mychal said he was also depressed because the trade would cost Klay an opportunity to play with Love as the two grew up together in Oregon and played on the same Little League team. For Klay, Mychal said he would have to talk Klay “down off the ledge” if the trade took place.
“And the positives I’ll tell him are you get to play with Ricky Rubio, who is one of the best passers in the game. You’re playing for a good coach in Flip Saunders,” said Mychal, who was Saunders’ college teammate at Minnesota.
“Now you’re a team that’s hoping to make the playoffs, so he’ll take a step back career-wise as far as the playoffs are concerned. But we’ll see what they can do if this happens with (Nikola) Pekovic at center, Rubio and Klay in the backcourt, (Corey) Brewer and Lee up front. Is that a playoff team in the West or a possible playoff team?
Speaking by phone after the radio show, Mychal said of how he and Klay were reacting to trade talks, “It’s anticipating, a little bit of anxiety.” To Mychal, that the Warriors would be open to trading him for Love wasn’t anything surprising.
“You have to understand this is a business,” said Mychal, who was traded multiple times during his NBA playing career. “Outside of LeBron (James) and (Kevin) Durant, everyone else is tradable. Everybody else you’re open for business.”
Earlier this month, Klay made a similar comment to a blogger while in Turkey, saying “Your job is never secure in this league unless your name is LeBron James or Steph Curry.”
Klay averaged a career-high 18.4 points and received votes for the NBA All-Defensive second team in his third year with the Warriors. He is eligible for an extension beginning in July.
Thompson, 24, ranked second in the NBA in 3-pointers behind Curry with 223.
“He’s going to get paid a lot of money,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told KNBR last month. “We want to keep him. He deserves this. I think if you look at (shooting) guards in the NBA, he’d have to be in the top five of them. You’d be hard to find many guys better than him at his positions if you play both ways.”