Warriors guard Klay Thompson and his father, Mychal Thompson spent the weekend talking trade scenarios involving Minnesota’s Kevin Love, including the one that had the sharpshooter going to the Los Angeles Lakers, Mychal’s former team.
The Los Angeles Times report that the Lakers were in discussions to acquire Klay in a three-way deal that would send Love to the Warriors made Mychal “quite happy,” the elder Thompson said Monday on the ESPN LA 710 AM radio show he co-hosts.
“I was just so flattered that the Lakers are even interested in Klay and would make that offer,” said Mychal, whose son grew up in Southern California rooting for the Lakers’ championship teams. “Yes, it warmed my heart. Yes, it made me think, ‘Wow, I wonder if the Warriors would go along with that, that he would actually be a Laker, and that would be kind of cool for me.’ You know, it’s my dream for him to be a Laker. He’s thrilled to be where he’s at at Golden State.
“But if he got traded to the Lakers, he would make the most of it. He would be happy to be here (in Los Angeles). Kobe (Bryant) is his idol. If he had a chance to play with Kobe, he said he’d be thrilled to play with Kobe. If he stays with Golden State, hey, it’s fine.”
Klay heading to the Lakers appears unlikely as Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski said on The Dan Patrick Show that the Timberwolves would want Klay rather than the Lakers’ No. 7 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
Mychal also said he hoped that Klay would continue to play alongside the Warriors’ Stephen Curry.
“It is a conundrum, a mixed bag of emotions and feelings because I’m happy where he’s at now and what they have building and brewing at Golden State,” Mychal said after learning of the Los Angeles Times report. “They’ve got themselves a very special, unique backcourt with those two young gentlemen. And I think Mark Jackson was right when he called them the best shooting backcourt in the history of the game, and it’d be interesting to see that develop over the years.
“They enjoy playing together. They enjoy each other’s company. They golf together and stuff like that. Klay is jealous of Steph…of his golf game.”
Klay told Lakers Nation last offseason it would be “great” to play in the spotlight for the Lakers, but also because of Curry, he would be able to turn down Bryant recruiting him to Los Angeles.
“I’d say, ‘Kobe, I’m sorry man, but we’ve got the Splash Brothers in the Bay,’ so I don’t know. We’ve got such a good thing going up there. Lakers, it’s one of the best organizations in all of sports…But I’m happy with where I’m at. We’ve got such a good thing coming for the next decade.”