Klay's father: 'I'm going to have to talk him down' if traded

Klay's father: 'I'm going to have to talk him down' if traded
June 19, 2014, 1:15 pm
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If this happens, I'm going to have to talk him (Klay Thompson) down off the ledge.
Mychal Thompson on trade rumors

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The Warriors' ongoing pursuit of All-Star power forward Kevin Love reached five-alarm stage on Thursday, with multiple reports indicating they are willing to part with young shooting guard Klay Thompson.

Those reports were triggered in the wake of Thompson's father, Mychal, reluctantly mentioning the possibility on the radio sports-talk show he co-hosts in Los Angeles.

The potential trade, as described by Mychal Thompson, is this: Klay Thompson, forward David Lee and a future No. 1 pick (probably 2015) would go to the Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love and guard Kevin Martin.

"My source knows what's going on up there (in Oakland)," Thompson said Thursday morning on the air of ESPN LA 710. "And since this guy told me that this is really close to happening, it just kind of depressed me."

Klay Thompson previously was considered off-limits in discussions with the Timberwolves regarding Love, who wants out of Minnesota.

Within minutes of Mychal Thompson's comments, multiple national reporters chimed in. ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the particulars as Lee and Thompson for Love, Martin, backup point guard J.J. Berea and Minnesota's No. 1 pick (13th overall) in next week's NBA draft.

The Warriors have no No. 1 pick in next week's draft, having dealt it away in the acquisition of forward Andre Iguodala last summer. They cannot, by NBA rule, trade their 2015 pick until after the 2014 draft is completed.

Though Mychal Thompson did not divulge the source of his information, the Thompsons have a strong relationship with Warriors ownership and management. Moreover, the office of Klay's agent, Bill Duffy, is in the East Bay.

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"It's disappointing, because Klay and I have been talking about this all summer and the possibility of this happening, as far as him and Kevin being together on the same team – along with Steph Curry," Mychal Thompson said. "And he was really looking forward to that. He thought that if you added Love to the Splash Brothers, with (Andrew) Bogut and (Andre) Iguodala, they had a chance . . . to get to the West finals next year.

"If this happens, I'm going to have to talk him down off the ledge."

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