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Are the Spurs targeting Klay Thompson?

Klay Thompson

Washington State guard Klay Thompson, center, shakes hand with the student section crowd after a NIT quarterfinal NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 69-66 in overtime. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)


According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Ric Bucher and the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Heisler, the player the San Antonio Spurs are attempting to trade into the lottery for is Klay Thompson. Reportedly, the Spurs are extremely interested in trading into the lottery, and may be willing to give up Tony Parker and/or Richard Jefferson to do so.

It’s interesting that the Spurs appear so infatuated with the Washington State junior, who averaged 21.6 points per game last season but doesn’t project as a high-impact defender and isn’t a big man. The Spurs only finished 11th in defensive efficiency last season, and got dominated inside when they lost in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies, but were still the second-best offensive team in the league last season.

For those reasons, it seems unclear why the Spurs seem so intent on giving up major pieces to get a wing player whose primary value is as an offensive player, but I know better than to doubt the Spurs’ management team at this point.