Brian Scalabrine, the GOAT according to NBA Twitter, said during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson may be on the trade block. Stay tuned for updates.
Monday, November 14 – Trade Rumors First Arise
“I heard this weekend that Klay Thompson may be available; I heard that rumor going around involved with a team that wears green,” said Scalabrine. He then elaborated, saying the Boston Celtics would part ways with Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and the pick that they own by way of the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors would then receive Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers, and they’d, potentially, get a third lottery pick.
Thompson has been underwhelming this season, and Kevin Durant coming to the Bay affected him more than anyone else. Currently, the two-time All-Star is averaging 18.8 points on 45.7 percent from the field, but his three-point shooting has been way down.
At just a tick under 32 percent, KT is nearly ten percentage points under his career average. Fortunately for the Dubs, Thompson has caught fire over the last three games and is knocking down 63 percent of his threes.
With James Harden’s switch over to point guard, DeMar DeRozan is the only two-guard better than Thompson. Aside from torching every defense he’s faced, DeRozan looks more locked in defensively than his West Coast counterpart — this is especially odd given Thompson’s pedigree as a wing defender.
The Raptors are also playing better team defense than Golden State: Toronto is 11th in defensive rating, and the Warriors are 17th.
On paper, a swap would benefit both teams. Golden State would get two stout defenders and capable offensive players, and the Celtics would get a two-way All-Star. Surely, though, it would skew the Warriors’ chemistry, and that’s not a risk a contending team wants to take.
The same could be said for Boston, who are trying to figure out what’s gone wrong to start their season.
According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, though, the Warriors aren’t interested in trading their All-Star.
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