Warriors Rumors: If Giannis Antetokounmpo is the answer, Klay Thompson is the cost

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Golden State Warriors fanbase is drooling over the thought of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they are prepared to give up Klay Thompson.

Are you ok with the Warriors dealing Klay Thompson if it means bringing in the NBA’s reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo? It’d be one insane deal, but there doesn’t seem to be another feasible way for the team to acquire a talent like Giannis.

That said, let’s be real for a second. All the talks regarding Giannis are surrounding the team’s 2020 first-round pick, the Wolves 2021 first-round pick, and another future first-round pick from Golden State.

Well, for cap sake and to sweeten the pot, Andrew Wiggins is added, making the deal reasonable for Golden State fans.

Just because it’s reasonable for us certainly doesn’t mean it’d sit well in Milwaukee. They’d want more, and to be honest, they should want more. Giannis could be the MVP favorite for potentially a decade to come and at the very least the next half a decade.

Given his continued improvements, especially as a shooter, the Warriors would have to start with Klay Thompson and Eric Paschall.

Building a deal around those two plus those three picks sounds far more reasonable than giving them a player they just brought in on a 2-for-1 deal in which he was part of the two. Who knows if the Bucks would even entertain a deal for Thompson and the haul as well.

Thompson is an extremely important part of this roster, and his ability to take over high-profile games is highly underrated.

Had he not been injured in the 2019 NBA Finals, it seems likely the Warriors could’ve topped the Raptors for their third straight championship. After all, up until his injury, he was cooking in another infamous Thompson Game 6.

Under contract for the next half a decade, Thompson’s security should give Milwaukee some reassurance that he wouldn’t just be a rental, like Giannis could be.

After averaging over 20 points per game for five straight seasons while notching over 40% from deep in all as well, Thompson should be a hot commodity on a market void of elite two-way players.

However, Golden State isn’t dealing him without bringing back a potential MVP, that’s for sure.

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That’s why the Bucks should entertain the offer, and it’ll certainly be the best offer thrown their way by Golden State.