The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of acquiring highly touted big man, Kevin Love, effectively ending the everlasting speculation as to where he’d eventually wind up.
At first, before Cleveland retained the rights of LeBron James, for a while, it was the Golden State Warriors who were rumored to be front-runners for Love’s services. However, due to in-house difference in opinion, their reluctance to include budding star, Klay Thompson, ultimately cost them a chance at gaining Love.
While nothing came of Golden State and Minnesota’s talks, Thompson hasn’t forgotten his organization’s consideration to make him a piece in any proposed package.
According to an article written on Bleacher Report by NBA national columnist Ric Bucher, a source close to Thompson said that he’s “pissed” the Warriors dangled the idea of trading him at all.
For a team like the Warriors, who have just returned to the level they need to compete for a championship, Thompson has been a key component to their resurrection into the basketball world. And even though this is still a business, Thompson is probably feeling a bit betrayed, and slightly unappreciated to some degree.
Thompson, 24, is set to become a restricted free agent next summer, and is reportedly seeking a max extension. This means that Thompson could receive $15.7 million annually, per USA TODAY.
And now that he’s apparently holding a minor grudge against Golden State, Thompson’s demands for that max salary could be inevitable. This is all barring he remains healthy, and is able to contribute as he has been.
That’s the issue with not completing a supposed trade and having players’ names be revealed as being involved, you suffer repercussions. Thompson’s feelings are a prime example of failed attempts at finalizing a deal.
Of course, when the season starts and Thompson gets it going, by next summer, he could receive that max contract and put this whole thing in the past. And that’s what I’m expecting to happen.
For Golden State’s sake, they’d better hope he doesn’t want out. Some people don’t forget.
In 81 regular-season contests last year, Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists-per-game. In the Warriors’ seven-game series with the Clippers, Thompson averaged 16.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.