NBA rumors: Klay Thompson could turn attention to Lakers in one scenario

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson could turn attention to Lakers in one scenario

Klay Thompson and his father, Mychal, have made it clear several times over the last year: The All-Star shooting guard wants to stay with the Golden State Warriors.

But as Mychal said on 95.7 The Game last week, it's not up to Klay. It's up to the Warriors. They are the ones who have to offer the Klay a contract.

So, what if the Warriors don't offer Thompson a max contract this summer when he's set to become a free agent? That's apparently where things could change in Thompson's mind.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that if the Warriors don't offer Thompson a max contract this summer AND the Lakers are able to acquire All-NBA center Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, Thompson's "attention will be on the Lakers."

Thompson isn't the only big-time free agent the Warriors will have to think about next offseason. Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has the ability to opt out of his contract and become a free agent as well.

Would the Warriors be willing to risk not only breaking up the Splash Brothers but watching Thompson go to a division rival? It's hard to see that happening, but there's still five months between now and July 1, so a lot can change during that time.

Why Max Kellerman believes Kevin Durant still needs to prove greatness

Why Max Kellerman believes Kevin Durant still needs to prove greatness

Most people would agree that former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant -- a two-time NBA Finals MVP -- already is one of the top 20 players in NBA history.

The four-time scoring champion averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks in the 2017 NBA Finals, and followed that up by registering 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game in the 2018 NBA Finals.

"As I've said -- when he joined the Warriors, it didn't prove anything about his greatness," Max Kellerman said on ESPN's "First Take" Wednesday morning. "Any superstar player that joins the Warriors would surely win multiple championships. They had already won 73 games and barely didn't win the championship in LeBron James' finest moment as a basketball player.

"You add Paul George -- you add a lot of guys to that team -- of course they're gonna win. So that doesn't really prove the thing that a championship is supposed to prove about the best player on a championship team. Now he has the chance to prove it."

KD absolutely was incredible during his three years with the Warriors, and took his game to another level as he outdueled LeBron James on the sport's biggest stage.

Yet despite his amazing accomplishments, many people all across the basketball world -- fans, media members, sports talk personalities, etc. -- diminished what he achieved in a Golden State uniform.

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Kellerman is speaking for a lot of people who believe winning a championship with the Brooklyn Nets would be a more significant feat for KD. That opinion -- independent of whatever "greatness" truly means -- is understandable.

If the future Hall of Famer is able to overcome his Achilles injury and capture another Larry O'Brien Trophy, that very well could be more meaningful to him. And it -- without a doubt -- would change some of the public's perception of him.

"That proves greatness in a way that he couldn't prove in Golden State," Kellerman said.

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Once again, that perspective is coherent. It's not outlandish or ridiculous whatsoever.

It's subjective and everybody is entitled to their opinion.

Hopefully KD fully recovers and gets the opportunity to compete at the highest level again.

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Steph Curry 'would've thrived' under Mike D'Antoni, Bob McKillop says

Steph Curry 'would've thrived' under Mike D'Antoni, Bob McKillop says

If Steph Curry and the New York Knicks had gotten their way, the two-time MVP would have been running and gunning for Mike D'Antoni in The Big Apple.

But history had other plans. The Knicks couldn't leapfrog the Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft and Curry headed to the Bay, where he would win three championships and two MVPs while being a thorn in the side of D'Antoni's Houston Rockets.

While the Steph-D'Antoni pairing that the Currys wanted never materialized, Curry's college coach at Davidson Bob McKillop believes that pairing would have been a basketball sight.

“[D’Antoni] would’ve been good for Steph,” McKillop told The New York Post's Marc Berman. “Look what he did for [James] Harden and [Steve] Nash. He would’ve thrived. And who doesn’t get enough credit for what Steph’s done is Dell. He’s been the rock-solid foundation on which Steph built his career -- not just from a technical standpoint but emotional standpoint and having him be a great teammate and leader. And once [Warriors coach] Mark [Jackson] gave him the keys to the car, it went down the superhighway to success ever since then.”

There should be little doubt that Curry would thrive in D'Antoni's wide-open, run-and-gun offense. Curry's ability to be an efficient, high-volume scorer would have been put on display in D'Antoni's system. But Curry's wide-array of elite skills allow him to flourish in any system and his unselfish nature makes him the ideal superstar to build a team around.

While they were in the green room waiting for Curry's name to be called, McKillop didn't think the Warriors were that interested in the man who would become the face of their franchise.

“We’re sitting there in the green room anticipating he was going to go 8,” McKillop said. “Golden State had not been engaged in any way that we were aware of. But they had [Don] Nelson as coach who has a unique understanding of the game inverting players. He saw Steph as one of the guys who could create chaos for the opponent. But it never got to the point where that was going to happen.”

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But then-Warriors general manager Larry Riley was in love with Curry and had him as the second-best player in the draft behind Blake Griffin, who went No. 1 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers.

After the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio with back-to-back picks, the Warriors were free to get their guy.

The Dubs snatched up Curry, D'Antoni resigned from the Knicks and signed with the Rockets, and the rest is history. No doubt D'Antoni wishes it would have panned out differently.

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