The latest NBA trade rumors surrounding Golden State’s Klay Thompson may seem a bit farfetched, but this one seems a bit interesting, at least to ponder anyways. How about Thompson being shipped to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley & Jae Crowder?
While it would seem crazy to trade someone as talented as Thompson, could it be beneficial for the Warriors to do so? According to an NESN report, the Golden State Warriors would be open to trading Thompson, and that rumor got even more life when CSN New England’s Brian Scalabrine hinted Monday that the Boston Celtics might be on the other end of a potential Thompson trade.
WEEI reports according to Scalabrine, the Celtics would give up Bradley, Crowder, and the right for Golden State to swap first-round picks with Boston’s pick from Brooklyn.
In return, Boston would land Thompson, with the Warriors then using the Brooklyn pick to acquire a shot-blocking center. Scalabrine added that Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel would be a player the Warriors would acquire with the pick.
Within hours of all the gossip, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said there was no truth to Thompson being dealt to anyone.
What else would you expect a coach to say?
Of course, Kerr isn’t going to say anything to the press if they were talking to other teams about what they could get for Thompson in a possible trade, but when you look at the possibilities, you have to remember that the NBA is a business. One person who believes that where there is smoke there may be a bit of fire is NBA insider and FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico.
Amico’s tweet could mean nothing, or it could be that one anonymous GM thinks something could be happening soon.
NBA GM: "Please tell me Klay to Boston rumors not true. If they got Bradley and Crowder, it's over. ... Klay not a good fit there anymore."— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) November 15, 2016
Time will tell how true this rumor is, but don’t be surprised if this rumor picks up steam in the next week or so.
Now on to Demarcus Cousins.
The Kings aren’t saying it, well actually they kind of are, but it looks like one way or the other Cousins is going to be dealt.
Kristine Leahy and Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports discussed the possibilities of Cousins being dealt to the Lakers sometime soon on The HERD. With Cousins becoming a free agent in 2018, and seemingly not wanting to stay with the Kings, Sacramento is ready to start shopping the big man.
Cowherd believes the Lakers should stay as far away from Cousins as possible.
“Guys like Jay Cutler and DeMarcus Cousins have shown over the last 10 years what kind of dudes they are.” “The Lakers have a good thing going with the young kids, and I would stay away.”
According to 247 Sports, it has been indicated that numerous executives around the league believe Cousins could be traded during the first half of December. According to a Western Conference general manager, he believes Cousins will be traded by February, via Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
“I’d say they have three months, tops,” a Western Conference general manager told Sean Deveney of Sporting News. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the [February trade] deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”
Cousins is a two-time All-Star who can put up some serious numbers on any given night. The problem is sometimes he seems like he isn’t interested in playing. That could just be from years of being part of a losing squad.
The official NBA trade deadline is February 23 at 3 p.m. ET, however, there may be many trades before then.
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