Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has recently made the headlines of the NBA trade rumor mill. With the former assistant coach of the Warriors Brian Scalabrine reverberating the news, current head coach Steve Kerr debunked the talks with some mockery.
In opposition to recent reports that Thompson is underperforming this season, latest reports have it that the shooting guard is actually having his best games, even scoring 30 points, with five 3-points, in the Warriors vs. Suns game last Sunday. The rumors involving Thompson and the Magic's Serge Ibaka or the Celtics' Avery Bradley were quickly addressed by the Warriors' coach, Kerr, in a statement on Monday, Nov. 14.
"Brian hasn't called me yet," Kerr said, sarcastically addressing the rumor started by Scalabrine (via Anthony Slater's Twitter account). "If Brian wants to call, I'll get (general manager) Bob (Myers) on the phone and Bob and I can pick his brain and figure out what we should do," he continued.
"Honestly, I didn't know about it until just now. I think our guys know that most of that stuff is almost always just BS," Kerr added. "If that became a story, I would probably talk to Klay. But I didn't know it was a story until just now. I'll go home, get on the Internet and decide whether to call Klay or not. There's a lot of fake news."
Following this, Scalabrine has made his point on Twitter that the rumor did not come from him. He said that it was just another speculation which he thought was interesting, hence talked about it last week. Thompson has been a target of recent NBA trade rumors where he was speculated to flee the Warriors in exchange of Kevin Love. More rumors went out after that involving players of Minnesota and Oakland. However, none of the theories materialized.
Reasons Why Thompson Still Stays With The Warriors
Thompson indeed got off with a sluggish opening this season. However, Thompson has been one of the key players of the Warriors that led his team to several championship games. Together with his "Splash Brother," Stephen Curry, they both broke records in the NBA history with 525 three-point record in 2015. With these impeccable performances, Thompson is one big man that the team may not afford to trade.
Furthermore, Thompson is said to be in his first year of $70 million dollar deal for four-years contract, hence sending him to other teams is far from happening as of the moment.