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Klay Thompson said to be ‘pissed’ Warriors considered trading him

Klay ThompsonThe Golden State Warriors were one of the teams most prominently mentioned in the Kevin Love trade conversations, and the talks largely centered around their willingness to include Klay Thompson in a potential deal.

The Warriors reportedly were reluctant to include Thompson in a package for Love, though some reports said they finally were willing to trade him. In the end, the Timberwolves agreed to trade Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

Though he was not traded, Thompson supposedly is unhappy Golden State talked about dealing him.

Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher says the Warriors have to do some fence-mending with Thompson and David Lee, whose name also appeared in trade talks. A source told Bucher that Thompson was “pissed” the team seriously considered trading him.

You can say Thompson needs to toughen up and get used to the rumor mill since being mentioned in trade talks are part of the business, but these guys are still humans and being mentioned in trades can easily hurt someone’s feelings. I understand why he’d be upset. If there’s anyone he should commiserate with, it’s Pau Gasol, who was mentioned in trade talks every week his last few years with the Lakers.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Lakers, Warriors, T-Wolves talking 3-way trade involving Klay Thompson and Kevin Love

Klay ThompsonThe Lakers are in talks with the Warriors about acquiring Klay Thompson as part of a three-way trade also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers are talking about trading the No. 7 overall pick in the draft to Golden State for Thompson. This piece would be part of a larger deal that would send Love to the Warriors.

Lakers fans have been wishing for years that the team would acquire Love, so it would have to be a huge disappointment for them if the team is involved in a Love trade but not acquiring the All-Star.

Thompson, 24, averaged 18.4 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the field last season. He made 2.8 threes per game and shot 41.7 percent from long range.

If the Lakers decide to keep the No. 7 pick, Bresnahan says they are considering big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton. They could also see what happens with Joel Embiid, who is expected to miss several months after having foot surgery this week.

I’m very curious to see what the T-Wolves would get in this deal. The Lakers would not be able to trade their pick until after the draft, so it’s possible they could end up selecting a player for Minnesota.

Report: Warriors favorites to land Kevin Love, may include Klay Thompson

Kevin LoveThe Golden State Warriors are reportedly the favorites to land Kevin Love. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Golden State’s new willingness to include Klay Thompson could end up sealing the deal.

The Warriors were initially hesitant to include Thompson, which led to speculation that the Boston Celtics may have the best offer on the table for Love. However, Golden State is now entertaining the idea of offering Thompson, David Lee and a first-round pick.

Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting that there is a strong sense the deal will get done if the Warriors include Thompson.

There are still plenty of teams interested in Love, including the Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. The Celtics are considered a strong suitor because they can offer multiple draft picks, one of which is a future Brooklyn Nets pick that could end up being a lottery selection. Golden State, on the other hand, can include two quality NBA players in Thompson and Lee.

Thompson is only 24 and averaged 18.4 points per game last season. He’s a tremendous 3-point shooter who has shot 41% from beyond the arc throughout his three-year career. You can understand why the prospect of landing him plus a first-round pick would intrigue Minnesota.

Blake Griffin won’t respond to Klay Thompson’s flopping comments

Blake GriffinThe Clippers and Golden State Warriors have engaged in one of the better NBA rivalries in recent years. Not only have they been two of the better teams in the Western Conference the last few seasons, but they always seem to mix it up when they play, which makes their upcoming first-round playoff series even more intriguing.

The teams fought during and after a game in December. Earlier in the season, the Clippers refused to hold chapel with the Dubs.

Much like when he plays the Thunder, Blake Griffin seems to be in the middle of physical play against the Warriors. And he might have some extra hate towards them after they clowned him for missing a 3-pointer last season.

Things were stirred again this week when Golden State’s Klay Thompson called out Griffin for flopping during a radio interview Wednesday.

“He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson said on The Wheelhouse on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco.

“He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said of Griffin. “He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.

“I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”

Blake has long had a reputation for being a flopper, though other guys like Karl Malone think Griffin is just a victim of a bunch of cheap shots because he’s so big and so good.

Blake has been made aware of Thompson’s comments, but he’s not biting.

ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne says Griffin refused to engaged in a verbal war when asked about the comments Thursday.

“This isn’t my thing. I play basketball. I don’t want to get into back and forth,” Griffin said, per Shelburne.

That’s probably smart of him. He’ll have plenty of time to do his talking on the court in what should be a great series that begins on Saturday.

Below is Thompson’s interview with The Game. The comments come in the final minute when Thompson was asked what about Blake ticks off opponents:

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Klay Thompson sends Kyle Singler into front row with dunk (Video)

Kyle Singler Klay ThompsonKlay Thompson threw a dunk down on Kyle Singler in the first quarter of Monday’s Golden State Warriors-Detroit Pistons game that was so vicious it sent the off-balanced forward spinning into the first row.

The great part about that wasn’t the throw down so much as Singler backpedaling like five steps until he collided with the photographers.

What would Dukie V say????

TNT fooled by fake Klay Thompson Twitter account (Picture)

Phony Twitter accounts are so prevalent these days, even the best of us have been fooled by them. TNT’s “Inside the NBA” was a victim of a phony tweet on Thursday.

Before the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics game, the crew was discussing the Rising Stars game for which Shaq and Charles Barkley will be coaches NBA All-Star Weekend. The two TNT analysts chose their rosters, and Shaq selected Golden State Warriors second-year player Klay Thompson. TNT showed the tweet below, which was posted by someone running a phony Thompson account:

Klay Thompson tweet

Not realizing the tweet was not sent by the real Klay Thompson, Shaq and Chuck broke it down as if it were real.

“That’s right! You tell ‘em Klay Trey!” said Shaq.

“You know I’m a big Klay fan now, but you’re going to get beat down like a drum,” Barkley responded to the fake trash talker. “You got two point guards who won’t pass you the ball, so don’t worry about shooting.”

Both Shaq and Chuck went on to rave about Thompson, with Barkley saying Thompson “might have the prettiest jumpshot in the NBA.” Shaq, meanwhile, said Thompson was having a “fabulous” year. So is his Twitter ripoff account, which managed to pull a fast one Thursday.

H/T Sawl-E

NBA Draft Analysis and Recap of the First 14 Picks – How do they all fit?

Thursday’s NBA draft was both exhilarating and head-scratching. Some players went higher than expected (ahem, Iman Shumpert). Others fell far, to teams that never expected to grab them (Chris Singleton and the Wizards, for instance).

It’s too early to tell which of these players will reach their potential and which ones will veer off the tracks in an Adam Morrison-like train crash. Like an overwrought episode of Franklin & Bash, it’ll take a while for the basketball community to reach its final verdicts.

In the meantime, here’s a quick pick-by-pick analysis of each player taken in this year’s lottery and how they fit with their new team:

1. Kyrie Irving (PG) – Cleveland

The look on Irving’s agent’s face when Irving’s name was called No. 1 was priceless. Turns out Cleveland had kept them in the dark all week long. Not a promise (despite there being word of a promise). Not a hint. Nothing. When you heard “Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” that’s the first time he heard it too. I’m sure Irving’s agent will remind Cavs executives of this in a few years when it comes time to sign an extension. In the meantime, Irving will be asked to keep the Cavs afloat with a nucleus of Baron Davis, AndersonVarejao, J.J. Hickson and Tristan Thompson. No easy feat. Let’s hope Dan Gilbert isn’t thinking playoffs any time soon.

2. Derrick Williams (PF) - Minnesota

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