Klay Thompson on recent rumors: “It shows the Warriors believe in me and other teams want me to be a part of their success.” pic.twitter.com/B6leAYfW5a
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 23, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers tried to sell the Golden State Warriors a trade the defending champs weren’t buying and besides the obvious reasons, Klay Thompson’s summer could be another.
By now everyone has digested the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs. Along with Thomas, Cleveland received Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
So the Cavaliers ended up with a sweet deal for Irving but they reportedly wanted to make a trade with the Warriors first.
News spread that Cleveland called Golden State and offered Irving for Klay Thompson, to which the Warriors were reportedly ‘uninterested’ in. Although the Dubs passed, Bleacher Report had fun with the possibility of a Cavs-Warriors swap anyway.
Thompson has been involved in many trade rumors to which he’ll openly admit, and he’ll probably continue to be mentioned in them.
However, if his sharpshooting and ability to get hotter than any other player in the league coupled with his elite defense wasn’t already enough to make him untouchable in Golden State’s eyes, then his offseason antics have to be.
Since the summer began fans have been introduced to China Klay; a sort of two-time champion alter ego of Thompson.
China Klay has missed dunks, cursed and danced his way into people’s hearts.
It’s as if winning his second chip has made him give no [expletives].
#ChinaKlay is undefeated. 😂😂
— Leading Sports Media (@LeadingSports_) July 1, 2017
So if the fact that Thompson is a three-time All-Star, a two-time NBA champion and one of the best two-way players in the game isn’t enough to make the Warriors covet him, then the joy he’s spread this summer must be.
But in all seriousness, despite Golden State’s insistence, and Klay’s, that Thompson isn’t on the trading block, teams around the league still call the Warriors to see if they can get him.
So whether it be a trade for Paul George, Kyrie Irving or most recently a deal involving the Celtics, the Thompson rumors just won’t stop. Although Golden State isn’t entertaining any of them, Thompson still has to endure them while China Klay is laughing them off.