With the NBA Draft happening later today and trade rumors heating up, Andre Iguodala has come forward and made a statement. There have been several rumors recently about the Golden State Warriors trading for Kevin Love and including Klay Thompson in the deal, and Iguodala responded to these rumors in an interview on Sirius XM today.
“That’s not going to happen,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I want to clear that up right now. We should not trade Klay Thompson. I tell Klay this 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 (contract). You’ll be taken care of. Don’t stress.’
“Klay really loves it in the Bay, and this is his first time going through trade rumors, and I’ve been through it many times, especially being in Philly. But Klay is my main man. I love Klay to death. One of my favorite people in the world even though he doesn’t speak. But we’re going to get Klay paid this year. He’s going to be a Warrior for life.
“If I’m any other team, I’d take Klay as well, so I don’t know. You’ve got to look at the pros out of it. I tell Klay this: ‘Listen, if they’re talking about trading you for Kevin Love, that means you’re getting Kevin Love money.’”
In addition to Iguodala voicing his opinion on the Warriors potentially trading Thompson, Stephen Curry has also stood up for his backcourt mate and wants to continue to play with him. Curry said he loves playing with him, he wants to keep growing with him, and that it’s very important for the Warriors’ future to keep Thompson.
The Warriors are trying to find a way into the Draft today, and a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves involving Love could be their way in. However, the Timberwolves will certainly want Thompson in a deal for their star player, so the debate continues: should the Warriors give up Thompson in a trade for Love? Is it worth potentially upsetting your star player and Iguodala, who has become a significant part of the core of this team? We’ll have to wait and see what happens later today.