Because Klay Thompson began the year with a shooting slump, there’s been endless noise about whether Kevin Durant’s addition cramped his style. That noise has now bubbled into a trade rumor that makes no sense for the Warriors.
Brian Scalabrine, a Yahoo! contributor, Celtics television analyst, and (notably) a former Warriors assistant coach, is the source of said rumor (though he later tweeted that he merely read it from somewhere else):
"I heard this weekend that Klay Thompson may be available, I heard that rumor going around involved w/ a team that wears green" @Scalabrine— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) November 14, 2016
The proposed deal would involve the 76ers and send Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, and the Nets’ 2017 first-round pick to Golden State, with Thompson going to Boston. The Warriors would then move the pick for a young rim protector.
Scalabrine himself didn’t believe what he was hearing.
"That can't be true. I don't understand why they would," Scalabrine said. "But maybe they're on what I'm on. It's going to be impossible to win a championship without having rim protection against LeBron [James] and Kyrie [Irving]. So who's your most valuable asset, or who's your most unneeded asset at this point? I don't know, but I heard that rumor going around and it was specifically to a team that wears green."
USA Today’s Sam Amick confirms that the Warriors haven’t actually discussed a deal. Anything can happen, but this rumors seems silly.
Why it would happen
I dunno, man.
It’s fun to talk about, I suppose. The Warriors do need a rim protector (maybe Nerlens Noel?). Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley can defend and limit the defensive pounding on Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson is the star the Celtics have been seeking.
But this logic breaks down in a hurry.
Why it won’t happen
Because the Warriors aren’t going to trade Klay Thompson because of six bad games. We’re overreacting to a shooting slump.
And yes, it is just six bad games. Over that span, Thompson averaged just 16 points per game on 38 percent from the field and less than 20 percent from three-point range. That’s not good.
But in his last four games, Thompson is averaging more than 23 a game on 57 percent from the field and 54 percent from three-point range. He’s fine. Given his track record of being one of the best shooters in NBA history, the safe move is to call his early season start an aberration. Klay wasn’t worried and neither should we be.
Do the Warriors look like the kind of organization that’d overreact to six bad games?
I’m sure the Celtics would love to have Klay Thompson, but there’s no reason for the Warriors to gift him to them because he missed a few more threes than usual.
Although, it is kind of funny how the supporting players on superteams get thrown into trade rumors. Ask Cavaliers fans with Kevin Love: