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While there continues to be strident debate in the Warriors front office regarding who should be available in a trade to acquire Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, a Warriors player offered his opinion on Thursday.
Forward Andre Iguodala, acquired through a sign-and-trade last summer, would like to see Klay Thompson remain with the Warriors. Minnesota's desire to include the shooting guard in any deal has caused internal agitation in the Warriors front office.
"I want to clear that up right now: We should not trade Klay Thompson," Iguodala said on Sirius XM.
"I tell Klay every day. I text Klay and say, `Don’t worry, I'm your man. I'm going to make sure you get paid. I'm going to get you the max (maximum contract). You'll be taken care of. Don't stress.'"
Though Thompson isn't the stressing sort, he (as well as his father, Mychal) has indicated his comfort with the Warriors. He'd prefer to remain long-term backcourt partners with All-Star point guard Stephen Curry.
Conceivably the NBA's best two-way shooting guard, Thompson has another year remaining on his rookie contract and, therefore, is budget-friendly – for now. At his rate of improvement, he likely will command a new contract near or at the maximum beginning in 2015-16.
Iguodala was a "max" player in Philadelphia but as he approached age 30 was willing to accept a reduced rate to join the Warriors after playing out in his contract in Denver.
Thompson, 24, is just tapping into his potential. The window for that lucrative extension opens on July 1.
Iguodala considers Thompson an essential part of team's upward trend.
"We've got to keep Klay," he said. "I'm going to reiterate that. We've got to keep Klay first. Then we've gotta take care of Klay.''