Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson may be available in trade talks, and if so, the Celtics appear to have the best chance of landing him, per CSN Northeast.
Per CSNNE: “In the scenario, Brian Scalabrine said, the Celtics would send out Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and the right for Golden State to swap first-round picks with Boston’s pick from Brooklyn.”
CSNNE added: In return, they would land Thompson, with the Warriors then using the Brooklyn pick to acquire a shot-blocking center. He added on a Facebook Live segment with CSNNE’s Abby Chin that Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel would be a player whom the Warriors would target with the pick.”
Thompson, 26, averages 18.8 points and has been a key member of a Warriors team that has made it to the NBA Finals in each of the previous two seasons.
Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Warriors will be unlikely to keep their nucleus of Thompson, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant together at the end of this season.
The idea of adding defensive-minded players such as Bradley and Crowder is believed to be partially because of the influence of former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, now an assistant on Steve Kerr’s staff with the Warriors.