Report: Lakers could have had Klay Thompson in 2010

Klay Thompson would have entered the 2010 NBA Draft out of Washington State had the Los Angeles Lakers guaranteed they would take him in the first round.
Thompson returned to school for his junior season and became the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Lakers had already traded their first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though they did own the 38th pick from the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Klay Thompson: Half of “The Splash”

Klay Thompson makes one half of “The Splash Brothers” in Oakland. Thompson and teammate Steph Curry have been deemed the best backcourt in the league by most. Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson took it one step further and labeled them the “greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game.” Curry has definitely made an impression on the league and is considered an upper echelon player, but can the same be said about Klay Thompson?The blockbuster trade that didn’t happenThe Warriors were one of the few teams that had a real shot at acquiring Kevin Love, but it was going to come at a huge price. Klay Thompson, 24 years old, was the center piece in that rumored trade. In the end, the trade didn’t go down, because ultimately, the Warriors didn’t want Thompson included in the deal. This goes to prove how the front office feels about Thompson’s potential.Love or Klay?The unfair fact about the upcoming season for Klay is that regardless of how well he plays, he’ll be

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Klay Thompson Introduces Himself To Clueless Fan As Stephen Curry (Video)

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson might be the the “Splash Brothers,” but they’re certainly not the “Splash Twins.”
But don’t tell that to one gullible fan, who might not be the biggest diehard around.
One half of the Golden State Warriors backcourt, Klay Thompson, recently made a trip to a local Chipotle, where he was recognized as an NBA player and that’s about it. The “fan” had no idea who Thompson was, so when she asked what his name was, he did the only logical thing he could do — he said he was Steph Curry.
According to her Instagram caption, it wasn’t until later that she realized Thompson pulled a fast one on her. Fortunately, she had quite the sense of humor about it.
“Played us Hahahaahahahahaha. We didnt know he wasn’t stephen curry until …..later hahahaha wish we knew who he was initially,” she wrote on Instagram. “Moded #WhoGares #LakerGang #StephenCurry #KlayThompson #PerksOfLivingInOakland #StillCool hahaha

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Klay Thompson Identifies Himself as ‘Stephen Curry’ to Clueless Fan

Both of the Golden State Warriors‘ “Splash Brothers” are known for draining three-pointers, but most NBA fans would be able to identify which one is Stephen Curry and which one is Klay Thompson.

One person had no idea who Thompson was when she ran into him in public, so she asked him what his name was. There’s no harm in doing that.

However, that’s when the Warriors star had some fun with the clueless admirer.

It wasn’t until later, according to her Instagram caption, that she found out who she had actually run in to. She was able to get a good laugh out of the situation, so it looks like Thompson won this round. 

[Instagram, h/t USA Today's FTW]

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NBA Rumors: Latest on Reggie Jackson and Tristan Thompson

The NBA season may be incredibly young, but that doesn’t stop rumors from flying around the league, especially after the Oct. 31 deadline to agree on a rookie-scale contract extension passed.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers, which just so happen to be two of the teams many consider to be NBA title contenders this year, did not come to an agreement with Reggie Jackson and Tristan Thompson, respectively.

That means there are some rumors regarding both players. With that in mind, here is a look at the latest from Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

 

Reggie Jackson

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated provided an update on Jackson:

There is a very real possibility that retaining Jackson would force the Thunder to exceed the luxury-tax threshold. The reluctance to do so in the past is likely one of the reasons why James Harden is on the Houston Rockets now.

We have seen how important depth is for the Thunder in the early few games of this season, as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Mitch McGary, Anthony Morrow and Grant Jerrett all missed a recent game against the Denver Nuggets.

Westbrook in particular has undergone multiple surgeries, so the need for more productive bodies at point guard is almost mandatory moving forward.

Jackson is an explosive guard who can get into the paint with a quick first step and finish at the rim, much like Westbrook (although Westbrook is clearly the better player). Jackson scored 23 points in his first game of the 2014-15 season and has the opportunity to make a statement to the league while Westbrook is out with injury.

That could drive up Jackson’s eventual asking price. 

If the Thunder do bring Jackson back, it could also help prove to Durant that they are willing to build around him and spend enough to win a championship. That is a message Oklahoma City should be sending with the possibility of the Washington Wizards beckoning for the hometown Durant in the next couple of years looming over the franchise.

 

Tristan Thompson

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio passed along the latest on Thompson: “The Cavs did feel they budged a little in the last-minute negotiations with Thompson on Friday. They offered Thompson more than $48 million over four years. Agent Rich Paul is gambling that Thompson can get more than that on the open market.”

Cleveland did manage to sign Anderson Varejao to an extension, but it didn’t do the same for Thompson.

If you take a glass-half-full approach for the Cavaliers, Thompson will have plenty of motivation to perform this season. Millions of dollars will be at stake on his next contract, and he will be in the spotlight all season playing alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Much like Jackson has an opportunity to prove his value with Westbrook ailing, more people will pay attention to Thompson’s Cavaliers this year than in the previous few. That is the chance to turn some heads that Thompson needs.

Thompson proved his value in a recent win against the Chicago Bulls when he tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench (12 of those rebounds were offensive boards).

Thompson is also very important to Cleveland given the roster makeup. Anderson Varejao is a health risk who played in 31 games or less in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, and Love has lost some weight this season and will spend plenty of time picking-and-popping on the perimeter with James and Irving.

Thompson provides some size and muscle down low on both ends of the floor.

Thompson commented on the situation, via Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com: ”I’m just focused on helping my team win. If I can do that, we’ll be fine.” 

A focused Thompson is good news for the Cavaliers as they pursue a long-awaited title in James’ first season back with the team.

 

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Klay Thompson girlfriend Hannah Stocking is Instagram star

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is suddenly one of the most envied men in professional sports. After Thompson agreed to a four-year contract extension over the weekend that is worth roughly $70 million, the internet discovered his stunning girlfriend. Thompson is dating Instagram and Vine star Hannah Stocking. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous,…Read More

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How Klay Thompson is even better this season

Thompson has been on a roll since signing his max contract extension

      
 

 

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Beck/Bucher: Would You Rather Give a Max Deal to Klay Thompson or Kawhi Leonard?

Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard are two emerging NBA superstars that can be looked at as franchise cornerstones, certainly worthy of hefty contracts.

With Thompson signing a rich extension with the Golden State Warriors and reigning Finals MVP Leonard still without a deal, we asked our NBA experts who is the better investment.

Ric Bucher and Howard Beck join Adam Lefkoe to debate that topic in the video above.

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Klay Thompson posterizes Robin Lopez with one-handed dunk (GIF)

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson threw down a monster one-handed dunk in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game at Portland and posterized Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez in the process.Thompson faked out Steve Blake at the 3-point line and drove all the way in for the slam.Thompson led the Warriors with 29 points as they beat the Blazers 95-90.Video via G4NBAVideos.
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Warriors’ Klay Thompson Absolutely Posterizes Blazers’ Robin Lopez

One night after dropping a career-high 41 points on the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson dropped the hammer on Portland Trail Blazers big man Robin Lopez.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 95-90 win over the Blazers, Thompson took it baseline and threw down a one-handed jam over Lopez.

That’s how you celebrate a new max contract.

[CSN Bay Area]

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