HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors

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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

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So who's taking it the hardest? Without question it's Thompson, who came out of the gate quickly at season's outset and looked like the Warriors' most improved player. He doesn't wear a bad game well, and after six tough ones in a row, he's glad to be seeing the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town Saturday night. There's just something about that purple that brings out the best in Thompson -- he has averaged 20.6 points in 10 career games against L.A., his highest against any NBA team. Thompson acknowledged that he has agonized over his poor play in recent games. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't because I take it personal when I play bad," he said. "That's probably my biggest downfall. When you play so well, you feel invincible, but it's humbling when you have a few bad games. San Jose Mercury-News

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David Aldridge: What's the rotation looking like right now? Mark Jackson: We'll figure it out. We know our top seven or eight guys, especially with Klay, Harrison and Andre. To me, there's 96 minutes, split between the three of them. Which is more than enough. So it won't be a concern. Me: Can all three of them interchange between the two and the three? MJ: Yes. Harrison is probably the one guy that can handle two, three, four. And he's more so a three. With either one of them (on the court), he's a three. But to me, yeah, they can all do it. With our system, there's no difference, really. So it's just that you're the two and you're the three. But they're doing the same thing. NBA.com

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It wouldn't be his first time off the bench -- he was a reserve most of his rookie season -- so Thompson said he is confident he could make the adjustment if needed. "It took me a few games to get used to it because I'd started my whole life," Thompson said. "Once I got used to it and once I found my rhythm, it was nothing to me. You can still be a great player off the bench ... I'm not too worried about (starting). I'm just worried about getting better and getting in the best shape I can." San Jose Mercury-News

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Such a scenario would be challenging, some executives have said, but not impossible. The Warriors have three huge expiring contracts in Andrew Bogut ($14 million), Richard Jefferson ($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million). According to sources, they have tried to unload all three players this week to teams with cap room. Yet, Golden State likely would have to be willing to add assets to any potential deals to get teams interested. Sources say the Warriors have been willing to attach a future first-round pick to move one of their bad contracts since last February's trade deadline, but potential partners tend to ask for prized youngsters such as Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson -- two of the more attractive young players in the league -- when the subject of absorbing one of the Warriors' big contracts is broached. ESPN.com

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