The NBA trade deadline is only two days away, and for fans of most teams, that means uncertainty.
Teams that are selling contemplate getting rid of star players (the Los Angeles Clippers just traded Blake Griffin, while the Charlotte Hornets are said to be shopping Kemba Walker). Teams that are buying shuffle around pieces to make splashy acquisitions (the Cleveland Cavaliers are said to be exploring any and all options).
It’s a hectic time for fans, and it’s both exciting and scary.
That said, it’s a little boring for fans of the Golden State Warriors, since the team is highly unlikely to do anything involving their best players. Still, that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about the future beyond the trade deadline.
At the center of many of the rumors is Klay Thompson. The four-time All-Star shooting guard is often the odd man out when the team’s future is discussed.
Thompson is set to be a free agent in 2019, and there has been speculation that he’s interested in his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, where his father played for four and a half seasons. With the Clippers’ newfound cap space, there has also been talk that Thompson would sign a contract with LA’s other team.
On top of it all, his name has surfaced in rumors that LeBron James would take a meeting with the Warriors. And when the topic of whether or not the Warriors can afford all four of their stars - it would likely cost upwards of $200 million in taxes alone to keep Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green - Thompson is usually the first casualty mentioned.
But according to his father, Mychal, the younger Thompson has no desire to leave the Warriors.
“Klay loves being there,” the elder Thompson said. “He doesn’t need to be ‘The Guy’, he loves playing with Steph, and KD, and the whole crew. He loves the Bay Area, living there, we all know how special it is . . . so Klay is not looking to leave. That’s up to the Warriors. He would love to retire a Warrior. I keep telling him, I wanna see your number, number eleven, up in the Chase Center.”
Hopefully father knows best. And hopefully the Warriors agree.