HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

We also know that Klay Thompson was the biggest ball hog in the NBA this season. The Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard touched the ball over 38 times per game but was credited with fewer than 19 passes each contest, giving him the lowest pass/touches ratio among players who suited up for at least 40 games this season. Washington Post

Fortunately for Thompson, he can shoot. His effective field goal percentage was a career high 53.1 percent this season, but his Player Efficiency Rating, which measures a player’s per-minute statistical production, was below the league average (15.0) at 14.2. Washington Post

April 19, 2014 Updates

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he didn't regret his now-famous "bull in the china shop" quotes regarding Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said on a San Francisco radio station earlier this week. "At this point I don't really care. No regrets, it's fine," Thompson said Saturday before Game 1 of their first-round series at Staples Center. "When you step through those lines, nobody really cares what you said before. If you go out there and perform, that's all that really matters." ESPN.com

Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers star Blake Griffin for flopping and playing out of control, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing what he's been doing this season, even if that includes flopping. "That's Klay's opinion; I don't really care," Rivers said Friday. "I just keep looking at what Blake's done. If he's flopping, then keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me. So flop on. That's the way I look at it. Whatever he's done this year, I want him to keep doing exactly that. When the votes come for MVP, he'll be in the top three. "I'm good with anything anybody says. Blake, you just keep doing what you're doing. What's happening is Blake is kicking a lot of people's butts and they need something to say about him." ESPN.com

Griffin didn't want to get into a war of words with Golden State but acknowledged it would be impossible to leave his emotions behind when the Clippers and Warriors open their Western Conference first-round series Saturday. "I don't think you can leave the emotions behind," Griffin said. "I think both teams need that to a certain extent. You can't be too emotional where it's affecting your play, but you have to play with some emotion. You can't take that out of the game." ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

"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. "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." ESPN.com

March 16, 2014 Updates
March 14, 2014 Updates
March 13, 2014 Updates
March 12, 2014 Updates

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will play Wednesday’s game with a heavy heart and then will take off for the Bahamas to attend the funeral of his paternal grandfather. Thompson will miss Friday’s home game against Cleveland, but he plans to re-join the team in time for Sunday’s game at Portland. The third-year guard has never missed a game during his professional career — 214 regular-season games (after Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles) and 12 postseason contests. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season. San Francisco Chronicle

February 11, 2014 Updates

Take the Warriors, for instance. They’ve fallen to the no. 8 spot with a flailing offense and shaky depth, but they’ve traded just about every possible pick and might have played their last low-risk card in the Jordan Crawford deal. If they really want to add an impact piece this season, they’ll either have to orchestrate another three-team trade or part with one of the Harrison Barnes/Klay Thompson duo. That would be a major step, and though Barnes especially has struggled, sources around the league say Golden State doesn’t appear ready quite yet to go this route. The Dubs also have two sizable trade exceptions they could use to take on another player, but they’ve got about only $2.5 million in wiggle room below the tax. Grantland

January 24, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

January 22, 2014 Updates
January 9, 2014 Updates

Thompson had been highly sought in the 2011 NBA Draft, and the Warriors amazingly weren’t forced to trade up out of their No. 11 pick and prioritized his selection. He’ll be a prized free agent in 2015 should he reach that stage, but it is clear he’s remained deeply invested in the organization’s improvement. “I love Oakland, love this team and love the Bay Area,” Thompson told RealGM. “It’s a great area, it’s beautiful, and one of the coolest parts in the country. Best fans in the NBA RealGM

January 3, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers and Kings have been among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of trades, league sources say. On the heels of acquiring Rudy Gay from Toronto, the Kings are “swinging for the fences” on the trade market, one rival executive said. One top priority is shoring up the point guard position, with Andre Miller jumping to the top of the list after his falling out with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and ensuing two-game suspension. But Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro's true long-term target is said to be Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who will be a restricted free agent after next season. With the Lakers having cooled on the idea of a Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum swap, the Cavs are now exploring other ways to end their experiment with the 7-footer before his $12.25 million salary for this season becomes fully guaranteed on Tuesday. CBSSports.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

The Cavs selected Kyrie Irving first overall and Tristan Thompson fourth. Grant wanted one more pick and one of his targets was Klay Thompson. The Cavs talked to the Sacramento Kings about a deal involving J.J. Hickson for the No. 7 pick, but the Kings ultimately dealt the pick in a different deal and the Cavs sent Hickson to the Kings after the draft for Omri Casspi and a future pick. Then the Cavs had a deal in place with the Utah Jazz for the No. 12 pick, but the Warriors snatched Thompson at No. 11. The Jazz ultimately backed out of the deal with the Cavs and selected shooting guard Alec Burks. Akron Beacon Journal

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.