Would the Warriors trade Klay Thompson? And, if so, would they trade him to the Celtics? Maybe, maybe not. This rumor has already been shot down in some ways. However, I still feel like addressing it. Some trades come completely out of left field. Other times where there’s smoke there’s fire. So while the sources of this rumor are already backing away let’s analyze the smoke.
Brian Scalabrine: Former Celtic, Former Warriors Coach, Current Celtic Broadcaster
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
This is the original tweet that started the fire. Scal is a former Celtic player, as well as a former Warriors coach, and a member of the Celtic broadcast team.
So if there was a trade being discussed between the Warriors and Celtics it is certainly possible Scal could have an inside scoop on it.
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.
Why the Trade Would Make Sense
In theory this trade actually does make some sense. The Warriors could certainly try to flip the Nets pick for a young rim protector. They have Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, who provide plenty of offense. Perhaps their title chances are better with a rim protector, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.
Bradley could easily slide right into the off-guard spot Thompson occupies, and be an instant boost to their defense. Crowder could play the 4 in their small-ball death lineups, as well as back up both Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
Bradley has had himself an amazing season to this point. One could make the argument that you’re not losing very much offensively if Bradley can sustain his current level of offensive production.
Avery has been effective as a spot up shooter, making timely cuts to the basket, and has improved tremendously at creating for himself off the dribble.
Why the Trade Would Not Make Sense
Is this enough to motivate the Warriors to trade Klay Thompson? I’m not sure.
Klay is a wonderful fit for what the Warriors do on both sides of the ball. He stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall. Thompson is a hell of a defender. And he’s shot over 40% from three every season of his career, not counting this one so far.
He’s both a 20 points per game player, and a two-way player. Those types of guys are incredibly rare in the NBA. Some consider him the best shooting guard in the league.
Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley are very nice defenders, and improving offensive players. But they’re not Klay Thompson. In the NBA usually 4 quarters does not, in fact, buy you a dollar. And in a sense that’d be exactly what the Warriors would be doing. Trading Klay Thompson is trading a dollar for four quarters.
And, as the opening paragraph alluded to, Scal and others quickly dumped some water on this little fire before it could really get started.
Btw it’s not my rumor or my sources. It’s just something I read over the week that I thought was interesting.
— Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine) November 14, 2016
On the Klay Thompson-to-Boston front, Warriors are shooting down the notion that there have been any actual talks. Interesting idea though.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 14, 2016
The Warriors are denying that talks have taken place. Scal is denying it was his rumor. So while this makes sense, on some level, I don’t think we’ll be seeing Klay Thompson in green anytime soon.