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Klay Thompson could leave Warriors for 1 particular team?

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson may be pulling a Tony Parker-Charlotte Hornets-esque late-career surprise.

Heavy’s Sean Deveney spoke this week with a Western Conference executive who suggested the lifelong Golden State Warrior Thompson could possibly leave for the Portland Trail Blazers when he becomes a free agent in 2024.

“He grew up near Portland,” said the executive of Thompson. “So the Blazers, there has been talk he wants to play for them.”

The executive also mentioned the Los Angeles Lakers as a potential landing spot for Thompson but did not indicate that there has been any previous chatter linking the five-time All-Star to the purple and gold.

Portland is an interesting possible landing spot for Thompson, who indeed grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore. and whose father Mychal played for several NBA seasons on the Blazers. The team’s multi-year salary situation is pretty clear as well, and star player Damian Lillard has not had a stable long-term wing partner since CJ McCollum was traded (Anfernee Simons lacks some size and Jerami Grant will be a free agent after this season).

Thompson has spent his entire NBA career in Golden State, winning four titles and making multiple All-NBA teams with them over the years. But he will be 33 in a few weeks and is suffering from understandable post-injury decline. If Thompson wants to get one last bag before retiring, he can do worse than a Blazers team that is currently higher than the Warriors in the standings (and that also has reported interest in another Golden State lifer).

Klay Thompson had message for Grizzlies after win

Klay Thompson looking on

May 14, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) stands on the court before the start of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson had a message for the Memphis Grizzlies after getting the win over them on Sunday night.

Thompson’s Golden State Warriors beat the Grizzlies 123-109 on Christmas despite playing without Steph Curry (shoulder) and Andrew Wiggins (groin). That was a big win for the Warriors because of the recent history between the teams.

The Warriors knocked the Grizzlies out of the playoffs last year in a six-game series. Upon winning the championship, Thompson almost immediately rubbed things in on the Grizzlies, who had celebrated a regular-season win over Golden State earlier in the year.

Sunday marked the first matchup of the season between the new rivals. Thompson drew a technical foul for taunting Dillon Brooks during the game.

Given the intensity of their rivalry, beating Memphis couldn’t have been more pleasing to Thompson. He talked in a postgame interview with Lisa Salters about the message he wanted to send.

“Man, they was talking about dynasty and all that,” Thompson said of the Grizzlies. “You can’t talk dynasty when you haven’t won before. I don’t think people realize how hard that is. The commitment and sacrifice it takes. You gotta sacrifice your body. And I thought that was premature talk to even mention that word.”

Thompson did give some credit to the Grizzlies though for being a tough opponent.

“But they bring the best out of us, and I think we do the same. Even though we don’t like them, we gotta respect them, because they’re a threat,” Thompson acknowledged.

The teams still will meet three more times during the regular season. They will face each other in San Francisco next month, and then they will meet in Memphis twice in March. And maybe they will meet in the playoffs for the second season in a row.

Grizzlies player has big trash talk for Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

One Memphis Grizzlies player is ready to put Klay Thompson through the blender on Christmas Day.

Speaking Thursday after a blowout win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks was asked for his reaction to the news that Golden State star Steph Curry will miss their Christmas game against each other. Curry has a shoulder injury that will sideline him for a notable period.

“I got Klay,” said Brooks in response, per Damichael Cole of the Commercial Appeal. “I like that matchup better, because he was talking a little smack when we lost [in the playoffs last season]. I’ll just show him what type of defense I got.”

The Grizzlies and the Warriors clearly do not like each other. Their second-round playoff matchup last year (which Golden State won in six games) was rife with animus and controversy, much of which involved Brooks himself. But after the Warriors went on to win the championship, it was indeed Thompson who talked historic smack at the Grizzlies and others.

Against a Warriors team that is so heavily reliant on Curry’s heavy lifting, the Grizzlies may find themselves as double-digit favorites on Christmas Day. It helps that Memphis is on a real heater of their own right now too.

Astonishing stat about Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson goes viral

Russell Westbrook warms up

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In a truly unexpected twist, Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson appear to have gone all “Freaky Friday” with one another.

A jaw-dropping statistic about the veteran guards Westbrook and Thompson went viral this week. ClutchPoints shared that Westbrook — somehow, some way — has a higher three-point percentage than Thompson does this season. Westbrook is shooting 34 percent on 3s while Thompson is at 33 percent.

Thompson is known as a “Splash Brother,” while Westbrook is known as, well, “Westbrick.” But thanks to some inexplicable Monstars magic or something, the tides have completely turned in the 2022-23 season.

Westbrook has accepted a bench role with the Lakers, which has opened up the floor and unleashed him as a primary ball-handler again. As a result, he is quickly approaching his career-high from deep (34.3 percent, set in his 2016-17 MVP season with Oklahoma City) after shooting a grisly 29.8 percent last season.

As for Thompson, the pendulum has violently swung in the other direction after his solid return from injury last year for the Warriors (which resulted in a championship for the team). This season, not only Thompson’s three-point percentage but also his field goal percentage (35.1) and free throw percentage (81.3) are career-low marks. That has translated to just 15.1 points per game, Thompson’s worst since his 2011-12 rookie season.

As a result of his mighty struggles, Thompson has been lashing out lately. This latest statistic comparing him to Westbrook, one of the worst volume shooters in NBA history, probably won’t make Thompson too happy either.

Klay Thompson sends strong message after Warriors’ latest loss

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA’s defending champions look anything but right now, but Klay Thompson does not sound too worried.

The Golden State Warriors suffered another bad loss Sunday to the division rival Sacramento Kings, falling by the final of 122-115. Golden State is now 5-8 to start the season, which is 13th in the Western Conference.

After the game, the Warriors star Thompson offered a pointed message on Instagram. “My belief is stronger than your doubt,” he wrote. “I PROMISE you it’s coming. And when it does the flood gates will open.”

Thompson, who hit five three-pointers on Sunday but shot just 6-for-16 from the field overall, may have been referring to his own performance or the performance of the Warriors overall. But it is clear that both need some work, especially considering the Warriors’ record as well as Thompson’s averages of 14.7 points per game (almost a career-worst) on 35.1 percent shooting (indeed a career-worst).

The five-time All-Star Thompson has also seemed somewhat frustrated with the way that Golden State is handling him this season. But nevertheless, Thompson is staying confident that, at some point, the energy will shift.

Steve Kerr has concerning comments about Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson fantasy basketball owners may want to look away this week.

The Golden State Warriors star Thompson did not play during Friday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the latter end of a back-to-back set. It was Thompson’s second time of the young NBA season sitting out a game.

Speaking on Thompson’s absence, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made some concerning comments about the plan with him for the rest of the season.

“Klay may not play in a back-to-back all year,” said Kerr, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “He didn’t last year because of two straight season-ending injuries … Ultimately, the player’s health is the No. 1 factor in our team’s success and even in our fans’ satisfaction in the long run. We want to keep guys healthy and going throughout the season.”

Thompson, who turns 33 in a few months, debuted last season in January. Thus, there were only eight back-to-back sets for Thompson to sit out of (all of which he did). But it is a little more worrisome that, almost a year later, Thompson is still not ready to play in a single back-to-back (of which the Warriors have 15 in total this year).

Now obviously, the cautious approach makes sense given Thompson’s age, his extensive injury history, and the need to stay crisp for the postseason. Thompson has also looked decent in the playing time that he has gotten this season with 15.0 points per game, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in just 26.8 minutes per game. But Thompson has already sounded frustrated with the way that the Warriors are handling him lately, and the competitor in him might not like this latest development either.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson diss Charles Barkley after Warriors win

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley is getting hit with the 1-2 Splash Brothers punch this week.

During a recent episode of “Inside the NBA,” the TNT host Barkley said that Golden State Warriors veteran stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are “slipping.” On Thompson specifically, Barkley said that “he’s not the same guy” and is “slowing down.”

Barkley’s comments did not sit right with Thompson. After Thursday’s win over the Miami Heat, Thompson called out Barkley, saying that “duh” he was not going to be the same player he was before his injuries. Thompson added that he would internalize Barkley’s comments and use them as fuel.

Thompson’s famous backcourt partner, Steph Curry, took it a step further. Curry told reporters that perhaps Barkley had forgotten what his own NBA career looked like on the back nine.

Granted, Barkley did not say anything particularly harsh or mean-spirited here and was essentially stating facts. Plus Barkley is a critic who has said much harsher things about players in the past. That has just been Barkley’s M.O. throughout his multiple decades on television.

But the time has now come that Barkley’s targets are returning fire right back at him. A few weeks ago, another All-Star also lashed out at Sir Charles.

Klay Thompson unhappy with Warriors over their handling of him?

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

After already paying visits to the NBA 75 selection committee and to “2K” heaadquarters, Klay Thompson’s Misery Tour is making another stop.

Speaking with reporters after Tuesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed that Thompson has grown frustrated with the minutes restriction that the team has imposed on him.

“Klay’s frustrated that he can’t play more right now,” said Kerr, per Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report. “He’d like to have his minutes bumped up.

“His minutes will stay the same [though],” Kerr added. “He’ll be frustrated because he’s Klay. But he’ll be fine. The thing I love about Klay is he always comes back around, even if he’s frustrated in a bad way about anything. He is such a great-hearted human being that things turn back for him because that’s kind of the way he makes the best of things.”

Thompson has been held under 28 minutes in every game so far this season (playing a season-low 18 against Phoenix because he was ejected for a dust-up with Devin Booker). As a result, Thompson is really struggling to find his rhythm with 11.0 points per game on a dismal 35.6 percent from the field through four games (which would be career-low marks).

Though Thompson was able to handle 36.0 minutes per game in the playoffs last season, the Warriors are making the right decision here. Thompson will be turning 33 in a few months, has suffered multiple devastating injuries, and is playing in October for the first time since 2018. While Thompson seems to be angry about a lot these days, Kerr sounds confident that his unhappiness over the minutes restriction will eventually pass too.

Klay Thompson kept using same taunt on Devin Booker

Klay Thompson flashes to Devin Booker

Klay Thompson kept using the same taunt when dealing with Devin Booker on Tuesday night.

Thompson got off to a rough start in his Golden State Warriors’ 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He shot 1/8 in the game and was 0/4 when Booker was defending him. The two got into it midway through the third quarter and they were hit with double-technical fouls. Thompson was ejected after a ref handed him a second tech (video here).

Prior to his ejection, Thompson was seen flashing four fingers at Booker as his way of noting he has won four championships.

Booker said after the game that Thompson kept mentioning his four rings.

Thompson is coming off his fourth championship and has earned his success in the league. He knows the Suns are a top contender, but he’s also right to point out that the Warriors win when it counts, which isn’t late October. Booker let the message be known: he is coming for Klay.

Klay Thompson ejected after jawing with Devin Booker

Klay Thompson upset

Klay Thompson was ejected from Tuesday night’s game between his Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns after getting into it with Devin Booker.

Thompson and Booker were seen jawing midway through the third quarter after Thompson knocked a ball out of Booker’s hands.

The two continued to talk over the next minute, which resulted in them being called for double-technical fouls.

Thompson was still upset and acted angry towards official Ed Malloy, who called Thompson for a second tech, triggering the Warriors star’s ejection.

Thompson was seen talking to the Suns’ bench and pointing to his wrist as he walked off the floor.

Thompson had just two points and was 1/8 shooting prior to his ejection. His Warriors went on to lose 134-105.