The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doesn’t believe teammate Klay Thompson should be traded as part of a deal for Minnesota’s Kevin Love.
“That’s not going to happen,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I want to clear that up right now. We should not trade Klay Thompson. “I tell Klay this every day. I text Klay and say, ‘Don’t worry. I’m your man. I’m going to make sure you get paid. I’m going to get you the max (contract). You’ll be taken care of. Don’t stress.’
“Klay really loves it in the Bay, and this is his first time going through trade rumors, and I’ve been through it many times, especially being in Philly. But Klay is my main man. I love Klay to death. One of my favorite people in the world even though he doesn’t speak. But we’re going to get Klay paid this year. He’s going to be a Warrior for life.
“If I’m any other team, I’d take Klay as well, so I don’t know. You’ve got to look at the pros out of it. I tell Klay this: ‘Listen, if they’re talking about trading you for Kevin Love, that means you’re getting Kevin Love money.’”
Thompson after playing his third NBA season is eligible to sign a contract extension beginning Tuesday, and he could be seeking the maximum amount after proving to be a productive shooter and defender for the Warriors.
Iguodala during with his first season of a four-year, $48 million contract with the Warriors spoke of being unselfish in order to help Thompson, who reportedly is the subject of debate within the organization on whether or not to be included in any trade for Love.
“Now I’ve done what I was supposed to do, contract-wise, and I can sacrifice,” Iguodala told SI.com. “It’s really hard for guys like Klay. It’d be hard for me to say, ‘Klay, don’t go out there and try to get your money.’ There have been many times I’ve been wide open and I pass it, because I say, ‘This young guy’s gotta eat! Klay, get your money!’”
Asked on radio what the Warriors had to do as a Western Conference team to get better and become a championships contender, Iguodala repeated his desire for Thompson to stay.
“We’ve got to keep Klay,” Iguodala said. “I’m going to reiterate that. We’ve got to keep Klay first. Then we’ve got to take care of Klay.”
Iguodala, who enjoyed Love’s company while playing on the Olympic team, later clarified that he wasn’t necessarily opposed to a trade for the Minnesota star forward.
“I didn’t say that I didn’t want Kevin Love,” Iguodala said. “Kevin Love would be a great addition but not at the expense of Klay.”