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Warriors’ Klay Thompson not offended by trade talks, Mychal Thompson glad Kevin Love deal on hold

Warriors guard Klay Thompson understands that trade discussions involving him and Minnesota’s Kevin Love are part of the business and has the “right attitude,” Mychal Thompson, his father, told NBC Sports Radio on Saturday.

“He’s got the right attitude,” Mychal said. “He’s not getting personally offended by his name being rumored to go someplace. He understands that unless your name is LeBron James or it’s Kevin Durant, anybody could be thrown into a trade or talked about in a trade.

“So he’s got a professional approach about it, and if he ends up with the Lakers, great. He’ll make the most of it. He’ll be thrilled to be (in Los Angeles). But if he stays with Golden State, then he’ll be happy to stay up there with those guys. If he got traded to Minnesota? I told him, ‘Hey, you get to play with Ricky Rubio, the best passer in the game.’”

Mychal, a recent Los Angeles Lakers analyst, was happy to hear any trade involving his son was reportedly on hold. In recent days, reports surfaced of the Timberwolves’ asking price for Love including Klay and also the Lakers looking to land the shooting guard as part of a three-way deal.

“Jerry West and Steve Kerr, they both want to keep that backcourt intact,” Mychal said. “It looks like that’s the power play that’s going to win out.”

Mychal doesn’t believe a backcourt of his son and Stephen Curry should be broken up because to him, the only thing the Warriors needed improvement on was at backup guard where he speculated they could sign free agent guards such as Patty Mills and Jodie Meeks.

“When you have two shooters with the capability of Steph and Klay, that is rare,” Mychal said. “I’ve never seen this before, so why would you split it up when you have it right there in the palm of your hand?

“So I was glad to see that the trade was put on hold. Who knows? It could be revived. For now, it’s just holding.”

Diamond Leung

  • Henry Black

    My guess is the “hold” is just posturing. Warriors can’t trade their 2015 pick until after the draft anyway. Why not leak info about internal conflict and how hard it is for their new coach to give up Klay. It will probably earn him some points in the locker room.

  • jsl165

    Let’s hope it’s on permanent hold.

    In almost 50 years of Dub watching, I’ve never seen a better Dub backcourt than Steph and Klay; and that includes Timmy and Mitch. It would be nonsensical to blow that for an upgrade at the four.

  • xraided

    Iggy will take the roll on just fine

    we need that 2 super star to get anywhere

    anyone that knows basketball knows this.

    Westbrook/KD , Pau/Koke, Duncan/Parker… would they have won multiple championships without one another? short answer: um no

  • Bryan Hsiao

    how far did Wesstbrook + KD go?
    didn’t Spurs, the TEAM, pretty much render them ineffectively in that short 4-2 series?
    Didn’t Spurs just show you how to cool the 3MegaStars from Miami where they also had the best player of the league?

    You need to have the whole team worth of good, unselfish, highBBIQ players who will play as a unit to have sustainable success like Spurs.
    You can have a team like Miami 60M into 3 mega stars and having little else to invest on the supporting cast and then lose.

  • GreginSJ

    Kerr already said that he wants a stretch 4. I agree with Henry, this is all posturing to help Kerr earn some points with Curry whilst trading away his splash brother

  • Grey Warden

    Just a few days ago Mychal said he’d have to talk “Klay off a ledge” if Klay was traded. Now he says Klay’s not offended by the trade talk? lol

  • J Haskins

    Thank God for the level head of Jerry West. The Warriors don’t have to do anything but wait until Minnesota feels like it’s time to move Love. Why? Because Kevin Love WANTS to play for the Warriors. He wants to play with Steph Curry. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. So when the Wolves get ready to move him, all the Warriors have to do is give them the deal they want to give them. Otherwise, they will get nothing if they let the trading deadline go by. Like what happened to the Lakers with DHoward. If you are a Warriors fan, all you have to do is be be patient. You hold ALL the cards

  • jsl165

    Sorry you missed Dre on Reddick in the playoffs. You’d know for sure his future ain’t defending twos. He’s not a Super Two now — by any stretch of even the most fertile imagination.

    As they say: ‘anyone that knows basketball knows this.’

  • J Haskins

    It’s not about what Kerr wants. It’s about what Jerry West wants. The dubs pay him a lot of coin to just be an adviser. The de facto E.F Hutton. Btw, when it was all said and done, who do you think had the final say in firing Mark Jackson? Mama, it was Jerry West

  • xraided

    beyond those two, Thunder doesn’t have a lot of talent on that team. so you are exactly right, it’s a complete team effort. i truly believe we have a complete team. everyone needs to buy in. that’s what will happen when Love is on this team.

  • xraided

    sorry, you missed that our best defender was hurt for the playoffs. do you really think that didn’t effect him?
    you obviously didn’t watch him guard 2′s and 3′s all year long then…
    so he got all defensive first team because he just guarded 3′s?
    LMAO ok.

  • xraided

    they wouldn’t throw this ‘split’ into the wind if they didn’t want to. yes, the social networks these days reveal a lot more than teams want…but it’s quite obvious what they are doing.

    this will happen, just on bob’s terms.

    BOB MYERS GM OF THE YEAR!

  • Stan

    Like I said..Bob is holding out..and the Lakers are dangling an offer to the Warriors. But if the Logo really thinks Curry- Thompson is a better duo them Love- Curry..and Bogut,then the Logo should return his consulting money.

  • jsl165

    That’s just silly. And, yes, he was All Defensive — ‘injured’ or not — because he guarded threes.

    You need to pay some attention here. Start with him on Redick.

  • brody

    Actually, he really wants to play for the Lakers. So that’s who he’d sign with if he gets to free agency. So you should be worried. No Klay, no Love.

  • Greg438

    This reminds me of the David Lee trade. Lots of people advocating to trade Ellis for Lee…and it made no sense. The point of major disruption has to be to improve substantially — not just become substantially different. The W’s ultimately figured that out, mainly with different ownership, and realized that what would make them better was having Lee and Ellis, not just one instead of the other.
    Lee and Klay for Love makes very little sense (and I’m not a big Lee fan in terms of the ability to win a championship with him as the starting 4). It is basically giving up what at worst are two solid players (and really Klay is better than “solid’) for one guy, who if he remains healthy, will make the W’s a very different team, but overall not a substantially better team. Plus, it takes a way the W’s best two way player to replace him with another one way player. And, then if Love gets hurt again, you’ve traded two starters basically for nothing, or nothing that is going to help you now. The other players (martin and barrera) certainly are not going to make the W’s appreciably better, and martin’s contract is horrible for what he does.
    The only way this makes sense is if the W’s feel that they would not be able to re-sign Klay when his current deal expires….and, as West and Kerr apparently feel, they are better off crossing that bridge when they come to it (especially since, while I love Bogut’s defense, there are no guarantees his health will have him around at the time Klay’s contract is up).

  • J Haskins

    The Logo is a Hall of Fame player and GM. He knows he can NEVER depend on Bogut. So you’re really saying Curry, Love, and MAYBE Bogut. Sorry, not good enough for me. I would rather keep splash bros intact with a MAYBE Bogut. Remember, they are actively pursuing a championship. The Warriors can go far as they are with a healthy Bogut. They should sign PG Patty Mills, and a SG scorer (no, not Jamal Crawford) off the bench. Like Pat Riley told the Heat the other day, they just need to stay together and RETOOL. So should the Warriors. But like the logo, I just can’t see breaking up the greatest shooting backcourt of all time. Also, I don’t have time to list all the reasons why, but DON’T TRADE DRAYMOND GREEN

  • J Haskins

    Not if he breaks up the splash bros

  • Stan

    As you just said…plenty of guys who can shoot the ball out there,including the draft and foreign. Ain’t nobody a top 3 PF who can hit the 30 foot shot and snag 30 rebounds.
    If they keep Klay and get Love?..fine with me. But its going backwards to keep Klay for a year,pass on Love’s greatness,..and then NOT afford him(Klay)?..and he goes to LA?..Love is 25 years old..prime time. Even I looked and felt my best at 24-26.

    btw,Meyers could NEVER live down letting Love get away…

  • Stan

    One more thing..the logo could be blowing smoke,playing hard to get. Don’t go Kawakami and swallow the quotes at face value!

  • J Haskins

    He USED to want to play for the Lakers before they traded places with the Clippers. Love is already on record saying he would love to play with Curry. Google it. Go ahead because there is nothing I love more than to shut up a troll with some straight up facts

  • J Haskins

    To hell Tm K. This my observation and opinion. I have been following J West’s GM career since the Lakers. This goes right along with his philosophy. Also, remember that Klay was hand picked by West, just as he hand picked Kobe. Imo, I don’t think Klay is going anywhere

  • brody

    I’m not a troll, I’m from Minnesota. Wanna go head to head on who knows more about Kevin Love? Don’t be so arrogant. He’s just as likely to end up in Boston, Chicago or even being stuck in MN for another year. Good luck.

  • benbrung

    You can only simplify it down to which duo is better if you are in rebuilding or retooling mode. I doubt many people would dispute that Curry & Love offer way more dangerous possibilities than Curry & Thompson. But that can’t be the sole criteria unless you are in a mode where you are simply looking to upgrade the core pieces you then will build a complementary team around.

    The W’s are in a mode where they are trying to add the last missing piece. The central questions in this case HAVE to be, “do these pieces all fit together?” and “are we immediately a better team after this move?” The answer to the first is clearly, “no” and the second is, “maybe not.”

    A trade to add the last missing piece can’t be a simple no-brainer if it leaves you with another missing piece after it’s over. The biggest problem is that part of why Klay was drafted in the first place – and why Monta had to go – was to solve the problem of how to defend opposing backcourts with Curry as your point guard. For all the excitement over his shooting on draft day, Jerry West was talking about how Klay had all the tools to be an above-average NBA defender.

    This question of how to compliment Curry on defense has been forgotten since Klay’s 2nd year, but would be back at the top of the priority list immediately after the proposed trade went through. Kevin Martin simply can’t be on the court alongside Curry and Love for any significant stretch. I don’t care how similar his offensive stats look to Klay’s, he is a dreadful defender because he chooses to be one. It would be beyond disastrous to play him alongside Curry who hustles like crazy, has decent positioning but can be exploited for his height and lack of quickness

    Plugging that hole with other current members of the roster is not the long-term solution either. Iguodala could certainly handle NBA point guards, but committing him to do so all the time would be to sacrifice a significant amount the value that his versatility otherwise provides.

    The only option for the Warrior to replace the missing piece is going to be a free-agency market in which Martin’s criminally bad contract is . . . shall we say , unfortunate.

    I don’t have the answers but I do know that going from good to great is always complex and that no one has been better at it than Jerry West.

  • benbrung

    He would have to guard 1′s as well. From when he first arrived, it was clearly a top priority for West to find a 2 man to who could guard 1′s & 2′s to play alongside Curry. One of the first things I remember coming out of West’s mouth after the draft was about Thompson’s size, speed, attention to detail and attitude that gave him the raw tools to be an above average NBA defender. I even remember someone pointing out Thompson’s unremarkable defense in college and West responding with something along the lines of, “all the tools are there, you’ll see.”

  • Henry Black

    So the guy who had to guard the likes of Lebron, KD, and George during the season is going to have trouble with two guards? What about his D on Redick? Redick shot the same % he shot all season and scored 13.3 points a game against the Warriors when he averaged 15.2 during the season. You sound like Redick won the series for the Clippers.

  • jsl165

    Smaller, faster, younger guys give Dre problems. He can never shut them down — which he’s shown he can do with each of your three.

    And if you missed the way Redick ran Dre around, and propelled his team at key junctures, well, you missed a lot.

  • J Haskins

    Did you Google it? Ain’t got nothing to do with arrogance, it’s fact. Love is a FA, and he wants to pick n pop with Curry. Simple as that. Now, It might not happen until next year, but it will happen. If Minny keeps insisting on Klay, the Warriors will just wait and sign him after next season. That’s why Houston didn’t sweat about D.Howard, they knew he wanted to play for them. They just had to wait a season. Seriously dude, do some research on this. It really shouldn’t be that hard to find. You’ll definitely find that you are wrong, but hey, you learn someting everyday.

  • J Haskins

    If they keep Klay the numbers will work. Primarily because Steph Curry is grossly underpaid for the next 3 yrs at 34 mil. I think they’ll just wait it out. That will be the smart thing to do. And with the logo, they will do the smart thing. They pay him a lot of $$ not to eff it up

  • JMGill12

    Fellow Wolves fan here. I don’t think you could be less informed.

  • José Eça de Queiroz

    The hell? How in the world do you speak as if Minnesota hadn’t any margin of maneuver? Love could even end up in Denver and not resign there (although given what they can offer, an improbable situation). It’s not HIS call. It’s the Wolves. When his contract ends, it’s his call. You’re way too pumped on the sole idea of getting Love.

    Btw, if in the end you manage to get him (involving Klay and other pieces, as the Warriors are only bluffing), enjoy the no-D from having both Love and Curry on the same floor.

  • brody

    Google what? He said he wants to play for a lot of teams. Howard really wanted to play on the Nets. How’d that work out? Love is obsessed with his image. So if GS doesn’t give us the pieces, MN trades him to someplace like Chicago. Then he’ll resign there. I don’t see how this is so hard to understand. He WON’T get traded to Chicago and then sign with GS in a year. Howard not resigning with the Lakers was an anomaly because he was too scared to be there with Kobe. Seriously, you guys have three good seasons in 20 years and suddenly you think you’re the Dream Team? Watch and
    see…NO KLAY, NO LOVE.

  • Stan

    Larry Kreuger….who said LeBron was a loser,and the Giants would lose in both World Series…wants Klay over Love. What does that tell you?
    And old man West may love that Klay is a younger version of himself- lanky tall scorer with a big nose,but Klay ain’t ever going to be the Logo’s level.

  • Stan

    And the Lakers told Jerry to go away when he meddled with Kobe. So,nobody’s perfect. And a lot of what I hear is- once again- the Monta Ellis syndrome..out bar is so low,many thought Monta was special. I always thought..journeymen,better then average scorer. Dumb as a log too!

  • benbrung

    Meddled with Kobe? You mean by trying to keep Kobe’s ego in check and convince him not to push Shaq out? It’s true Kobe’s ego won that battle but his legacy has suffered ever since. It wasn’t long after Kobe got his way on Shaq that he wanted West back in the Laker front office. Who in their right mind thinks the Lakers have been a better franchise since West left? Even with all the benefits of being a glamor franchise, the Lakers have been trending down more than up. Their reputation is the only thing that gives them a shot at cleaning up the ridiculous mess they have become.

    In the meantime, West’s stock only increased in Memphis. He’s not so public with the W’s but word is that he was the one who convinced the team to draft Klay, he wasn’t too enthusiastic about Barnes and he has called for better ball movement in the W’s offense. Which one of those things has he been wrong about so far. Nobody said he’s perfect but I haven’t heard a single valid reason from anyone about why Jerry West shouldn’t have the ear of the rest of the management team.

  • brody

    Hey moron, Howard signed with Houston because he couldn’t take LA or Kobe. That’s a specific thing. You can google Love and see that he wants to play a million places, including MN. Just because you repeat something doesn’t make it true. But guess what? Zach Lowe agrees with me. So SUCK IT. http://grantland.com/features/kevin-love-klay-thompson-golden-state-warriors/

  • brody

    JMGill12, this mouthbreather up here actually thinks google makes something true!

  • brody

    If you really think that Love would get traded to Chicago and then LEAVE there for Golden State after a year then you are a simple, simple creature. You’ve been drinking too many Monster Energy drinks there, MMA.

  • J Haskins

    Love ain’t getting traded to Chicago though. They don’t have the pieces. Again, Love REALLY wants to play with Curry. Seriously. I’m sorry if it’s hard to accept. Wait a minute….no I’m not. Get over it! That said, imo the Warriors best play is to do what they are doing now. Absolutely nothing. Just wait. Love will be free at some point. In the meantime, the Warriors don’t have a bad team. They won 51 games with injuries to Iggy, Bogut, Lee, who all missed several games, also throw in a weak bench. They just need to retool and don’t worry about K.Love. Retooling should start by using the mid level exception to sign FA PG Patty Mills to back up Curry.

  • brody

    They don’t have the pieces!? Dude, you might want to utilize this Google thing you seem incapable of using yourself. They have the best bargain for mn right now. And teams won’t trade without an assurance he’ll stay, because nobody wants D12 again. But this is pointless. I’m done arguing with an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The GSW-MN trade talks are dead. You’re not getting Love. The window is closed, unless they part with Klay. When you don’t get him, think of me. I’ll be laughing.

  • J Haskins

    It don’t really matter to me either way. I think the Warriors can be a 55-60 win team, and go far in the playoffs with what they have, plus a couple of pieces for the bench. They can wait on Love. And if they miss out, fine, so be it. But the Warriors hold all the cards because of Curry. Ok don’t check the facts as I suggested. Leave Google or any kind of search out if it. But specifically, Love wants to pick n roll/pop with the best hosting PG in the game. Now, it may not happen, but in any case, the sht will hit the fan soon. So we’ll see. And Relax, it’s just opinions. But I never offer an opinion that can’t be substantiated. Otherwise imo, you’re just talking out of the side of your neck.

  • brody

    Way to cover all your bases, dude. Talk about a non stance. My opinion stands. Wait and see. The proof is in the pudding.

  • J Haskins

    That’s right, no stance on acquiring Love. I’m of the opinion that it would be nice, but the Warriors don’t NEED him. They won 51 games WITHOUT Love, despite injuries and supposedly a terrible coach. I was commenting because I recently found out that GSW is Love’s preference. So yea, no stance. I can take him or leave him. Really. That’s why like the logo, I don’t want to give up Klay to get him. Now THAT is my stance

  • José Eça de Queiroz

    You know one reason why Love AND Klay isn’t happening? Check your salaries list. And check how much Love makes, how much Iggy, Curry and Bogut earn, and how much is needed for Klay to sign again.

  • J Haskins

    Like I said, take Love or leave him. Unlike Minny, the Warriors s already have a playoff team. Its actually more of a problem for Love, since the Warriors are his preference. Should be interesting to see how it all shakes.