As the Golden State Warriors’ courtship of Kevin Love drags on, there is no doubt that the trade talks have players such as Klay Thompson on edge.
If the Warriors do acquire Love, they will almost certainly have to give up Thompson, their sharpshooter and one of the best two-way guards in the league. Thompson, however, believes he is safe.
“The fact that I haven’t been traded yet makes me feel comfortable,” he told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. “That speaks for itself.”
It is understandable why Thompson would be upset if he were to be dealt to a place such as Minnesota, where he would have to carry the load as the No. 1 option and languish in the cold temperatures up north.
“I’m attracted to winning,” said Thompson. “I think [the Warriors] have the team to win right now. It would be tough to leave.”
One teammate — and perhaps the most important — who doesn’t want Thompson to be traded is Stephen Curry, and the Warriors know they need to keep Curry happy so that he signs with them long-term. Curry would be satisfied if his fellow Splash Brother is here next season.
“They’ve made a decision, at least it seems like they have, that Klay is an investment they don’t want to give up,” Curry said. “That speaks volumes to what he has been able to do in his career and his potential. I’m happy that he’s my backcourt mate.”
Indeed, the tandem of Curry and Love is lethal offensively, as they finished first and second in three-pointers made last season. Defensively, Thompson is able to mask Curry’s deficiencies, guarding the better offensive guard and letting Curry take a breather. There is no question Thompson has value to the Warriors, and if these quotes are any indication, they don’t plan to give up their shooting guard anytime soon, even if it nets them Kevin Love.