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NBA Rumors: Klay Thompson Leaving Golden State Warriors for Los Angeles Clippers Because of Kevin Durant?

( [email protected] ) Aug 10, 2016 09:15 AM EDT
Soon after Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, people started turning their attention to the team's shooting guard Klay Thompson and how his role will be affected by the small forward. This then led to reports of Thompson leaving Golden State.
Oakland, CA, USA; USA guard Kevin Durant (5) is congratulated by forward Draymond Green (14) behind guard Klay Thompson (11) against China in the first quarter during an exhibition basketball game at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Soon after Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, people started turning their attention to the team's shooting guard Klay Thompson and how his role will be affected by the small forward. This then led to reports of Thompson leaving Golden State.

One of the teams that Thompson could end up joining if he decides to leave the Warriors are the Los Angeles Clippers. For some time now, it has been rumored that the Clippers are looking to improve its current roster in order to become a stronger title contender next season. One way the team plans to do this is by getting more shooters, Parent Herald reported.

Thompson, along with Curry, are probably two of the best guards in the Golden State organization. Because of their accuracy, the Warriors were able to break the Chicago Bulls' record by achieving 73 wins last season.

Given his talent, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Clippers approach Thompson with a very enticing offer. After all, with Durant now with the Warriors, Thompson's role might significantly decrease. And, as seen in previous reports, this is one of the main reason why players ask to be traded.

With the Clippers, Thompson will certainly have bigger responsibility and will most likely have longer playing times during games. Of course, this also means getting a bigger contract than what he currently has with the Warriors.

In a previous interview, Thompson reacted to Durant's decision sign with the Warriors. He admitted that he doesn't appreciate the fact that people are expecting him to sacrifice his role to give way for the former OKC star.

"I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us," he said according to The Vertical. "We all want to see each other do well. But I'm not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn't changing."

"I'm still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens," he added. "I want to win and have a fun time every game we play."

Thompson's determination to remain as the same player that he is today could become problematic for the Golden State franchise in the long run. Sure, being in a team is all about cooperation and getting along with one another, but eventually, egos will clash. And with an all-star team such as the Warriors, it seems it's only a matter of time before the egos of these superstars get in the way of their game.

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