But in an interview with Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, Thompson clearly doesn’t sound “pissed,” to say the least. He is instead “ecstatic,” — thrilled that he made Team USA’s roster for the FIBA World Cup and excited to still be with the Warriors.
All that is needed to refute Bucher’s report is Thompson’s following quote:
I’ve been in rumors before. It didn’t really bother me that much. If it did go down, I would have been disappointed. It was more like a feeling of ‘I hope they don’t trade me.’ But I wouldn’t have been mad at them. I understand it’s a business. We get paid to pack our bags and go do work.
Oh, and also there’s this, his reaction to not being traded:
I’m happy. It makes me feel great. The Warriors believe in me. That makes me want to work that much harder. They believe in me and Steph, they believe in the team we have. I believe in us too. I think we have all the ingredients to win a championship.
That doesn’t sound like a man who is “pissed.” That sounds like someone who is more than content to be with the Warriors instead of trapped in Siberia (Err…I mean Minnesota), play alongside Stephen Curry, and compete for a championship. Nowhere is there any animosity shown toward management or the team.
With Kevin Love officially being dealt to the Cavaliers today, Thompson will be in a Warriors uniform at least through the end of next season. He will be a restricted free agent at season’s end, and will likely demand a max contract.
If he can have a stellar season and demonstrate that he is of more worth to the Warriors than Love would have been, it would be the best of both worlds for everyone involved.