HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates

The Warriors were crossing t’s and dotting i’s on Klay Thompson’s $70 million contract extension last month when the 24-year-old hit general manager Bob Myers with a peculiar question. Thompson wanted to know how much longer the proceedings might take. “We were trying to get the contract signed, and all he wanted to do was go home to his dog,” Myers said. San Francisco Chronicle

December 11, 2014 Updates

"Why go somewhere else and start over when you get a huge contract with one of the best teams in the NBA?" Thompson said. "I think only an idiot would turn that down. I love it here. Love my teammates, the organization, especially the fans, and I never really wanted to go anywhere else. Being with Team USA, guys putting their egos aside, showed it's cool having the gaudy numbers and getting all those accolades, but ask anybody who ever played this game, I'm sure they'd trade half that in for a ring. That's how I feel. At this point, I just want to win as much as possible." NBA.com

"I just think it's gaining confidence," said Jerry West, in the pro-Thompson camp since before the Draft as a Warriors minority owner and advisor in basketball operations. "He still has a long way to go and he's got room for improvement. He's starting to get the ball to the basket, get to the free-throw line a lot better than he did before. Now he has to figure out a way how to finish it around the basket. That comes with experience, it comes with playing against different types of players." NBA.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Golden State arrived at Target Center on Monday with a 17-2 record and a franchise-record winning streak that had reached 12 games, which was the NBA’s best record and best season start in team history. So did the Warriors do right when they refused to trade young shooting guard Klay Thompson to the Timberwolves last summer in a deal that would have brought them Kevin Love? “Apparently,” Warriors new coach Steve Kerr said slyly. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Warriors in October signed Thompson to a max contract extension, four months after they passed on Love to keep Thompson and Stephen Curry together on a team that reached the playoffs the past two seasons by winning 47 and 51 games. “These kinds of discussions happen all the time in the NBA, the difference now is they’re always public,” Kerr said about a trade on the verge of happening around draft time until the Warriors backed away. “You can’t have private discussions about anything. For me as a new coach, what I saw was maybe the best backcourt in the NBA and a chance to keep the group together. That’s pretty powerful, especially when you know you’re already pretty good.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors will play Monday at Minnesota, which was involved in offseason talks regarding a trade that would have sent Kevin Love as part of a deal in exchange for Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Love ultimately was traded to Cleveland, and with Thompson averaging 21.2 points per game, the Warriors are 17-2. "Ultimately, here we are, and this is what we wanted," Kerr said of Thompson, who rather than being traded was signed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. "This is what we decided on, and it's worked out. "I think that's fair to say we all preferred to keep him. He's here." San Jose Mercury-News

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The Warriors have the best record in the NBA and acted like it against New Orleans. The Warriors easily defeated the Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday at Oracle Arena, with 16-2 Golden State winning its 11th game in a row to match a franchise high set in the 1971-72 season. "It's early, but it feels great," guard Klay Thompson said of having the best record. "I won't sell it short. It really does. It's only December, but you've got to enjoy every minute of this. We're on top right now, and that's our plan to stay there." Oakland Tribune

November 28, 2014 Updates

According to a source, Butler turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls. After watching Klay Thompson get the max four-year, $70 million contract from the Warriors, Butler was willing to test the market as a restricted free agent and force the Bulls to make the tough decision. Chicago Sun-Times

November 23, 2014 Updates

When asked if Curry and Thompson are the best backcourt in the NBA, Thompson deferred. "I don't really care about that," Thompson said. "If there were two people on the court and it was us versus them, it would be a different story. But it's five of us on the court. Our goal is to play into June [in the NBA Finals]. It's not to have the labels as the best backcourt." During the off-season, many reports said Thompson was going to be traded to Minnesota for All-Star power forward Kevin Love, who wound up in Cleveland. Los Angeles Times

Then last month Thompson signed a four-year contract extension for $70 million. "It was important to get the extension," Thompson said. "But at the same time, if it didn't happen, I was going to do what I do — just play hard, score the ball and defend." "Our owner just gave him $70 million so I'm sure he's happy," Kerr said, laughing. "That sold him. That told him how much we wanted him." Los Angeles Times

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Hulk Hogan made an appearance at last night's Golden State Warriors NBA game in Oakland, which you can watch above. Hogan botched the pre-game speech. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors are dubbed the Splash Brothers. Hogan got caught up in the moment and said that the Warriors would sink the Splash Bros. Hogan also took over the Golden State Warriors Twitter account for a little while, here are some of his Tweets: "I gotta say, those #SplashBrothers are one hell of a tag team. #HulkTakeover" Wrestling Inc

November 11, 2014 Updates

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