The Golden State Warriors continue to entertain trade offers for Klay Thompson, which they have repeatedly shot down time after time. It started with an offer to trade Thompson for Kevin Love. Next came the offer to trade Paul George for Thompson. Finally, just moments before the Boston Celtics agreed to the Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers contacted the Warriors in hopes of reaching a deal which would allow Cleveland to send Irving to Golden State and acquire the shooting guard.
The Cavaliers reportedly offered Kyrie Irving for Klay Thompson but the Warriors were “uninterested”. (ESPN)
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 23, 2017
The call to the Warriors was made by Cavaliers’ General Manager Koby Altman. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Warriors were “uninterested” in the offer and talked no further about the deal. Garry St. Jean, a former Warriors GM, laughed off the idea of a potential Thompson-Irving trade, who said the following:
“No, I like our guy, they passed on Kevin Love and they’re passing on Irving and they understand what they’ve got. This is one of the best players on a winning team. Klay Thompson is a winner.”
— Warriors Report (@warriors_fanly) August 24, 2017
At the end of his interview with 95.7, St. Jean, who is currently a Warriors analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, put his opinion on the Cavaliers trade, saying:
“If LeBron James leaves, and they don’t want to keep Isaiah- because he’s 29 and let’s say the hip is an issue this year- he’s a free agent. They could clear the deck. They could get a big-time future star in this draft, have some other pieces and then reload again. They can go at it both ways and I love their flexibility. I think it’s a great job done by them.”