HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

October 10, 2014 Updates

Thompson can take statements like that right to the bargaining table, as the Warriors are three weeks away from the deadline to sign the emerging shooting guard to a contract extension or watch him become a restricted free agent next summer. "I hope it gets resolved, but it's not going to hold me back," Thompson said. "I'm still going to go out and do what I do. "Life is great." Oakland Tribune

Coach Steve Kerr said he recently spoke with Thompson about the contract issue and learned during the wellness check that it's not weighing on the 24-year-old. "In typical Klay fashion, he's like, 'Oh, no, I'm fine,' " Kerr said. "I don't think he's too concerned. He knows something really good is going to happen one way or the other." Oakland Tribune

After Thompson poured in 25 points in three quarters of a 120-105 preseason win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Staples Center, Bryant noted that there weren't many players in the NBA who can shoot, post up, go to his left and go to his right. "He has the whole package," Bryant said of Thompson, who grew up in Southern California idolizing the Lakers star. Oakland Tribune

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The Bleacher Report article quoted an unnamed source who claimed Thompson was ticked off that the Warriors seriously considered trading him to Minnesota for Kevin Love. “He jokes about it a lot,” Curry said. “I don’t know if he reads a lot, but people guess how he feels or his emotions, and he handles it really well. Somebody said he was pissed off about the trade rumors, and he showed me the link. He started laughing, like, 'What are they talking about?’ “He knows the game and what could happen every offseason. He handles it well. I don’t think it affected him with Team USA, and I don’t think it will affect him going into our season.” San Francisco Chronicle

Going even more in depth, when Thompson drives to the left in isolation situations (which he does 80.2 percent of his iso attacks) he is either heavily settling for a pull up jumper (48.2 percent of the time) of the time and shooting a lackluster 27.3 percent off the bounce; 33.8 percent of the time he is attempting to finish at the rim (an area he is increasingly improving at and showed great progress at the World Cup in Spain) but isn’t converting at much greater of a success rate (41.7 percent). What sticks out to me is the lack of in-between game, the floater, in which he only attempts 7.5 percent of the time he puts the ball on the floor. HoopsHype

Thompson is holding opponents to shooting an abysmal 35.8 percent from the field and forcing a turnover at a rate of 11.3 percent. With his length, mobility, and desire to win every play, Thompson has the mold to become a lock-down wing defender for years to come. HoopsHype

September 30, 2014 Updates

Thompson, who will either agree to an extension with the Warriors by next month or become a restricted free agent next summer, indicated he was focused on his game rather than on contract negotiations. "I just let (agent Bill Duffy) and the front office sort it out," Thompson said. "I know if I just keep my mind on hoops and staying healthy, I know everything else will take care of itself." Contra Costa Times

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It was great to see Klay Thompson and Steph Curry playing for Team USA. ... I would imagine having Thompson selected to that team, and having (Mike) Krzyzewski and the other coaches talk about how good he is at both ends of the floor, really quieted a lot of us who thought the Warriors should have gone after Kevin Love. Do you feel that way? Kerr: No. I don’t really care about what anybody says about that. I only care about our own players — I don’t worry about speculation or what could’ve or what should’ve (happened) or anything like that. I just worry about our own guys and what we’re going to do. I do know this — if we can keep Steph and Klay together here, we have a chance to have one of the best backcourts in the NBA for many years to come. San Francisco Chronicle

September 20, 2014 Updates

It was then-Warriors coach Mark Jackson who last season called Thompson the best two-way shooting guard in the world, noting how the 6-foot-7 player's defense was among his best attributes aside from the more noticeable 3-point shooting prowess. While Thompson was in Spain, his agent, Bill Duffy, and father, Mychal Thompson, expressed similar sentiments in interviews with USA Today. "I can't get mad at my dad because to me, everything he says is right," Thompson said Friday. "He's my biggest believer." San Jose Mercury-News

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