The Warriors emerged as a prime contender to acquire All-Star forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks this offseason, with the Timberwolves reportedly seeking Thompson in any potential deal.
Golden State ultimately decided not to trade Thompson, causing talks with Minnesota to fall apart. Last week, it was reported the Timberwolves had agreed to trade Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick, effectively confirming Thompson will remain with the Warriors.
“He actually took it pretty well,” Curry said, according to the Bay Area News Group. “Those rumors come around obviously every summer with free agency and teams trying to get better, and it’s going to be hard at some point in your career to avoid it, so he took it well. Obviously, our trade didn’t go through. It didn’t happen, and they’re keeping our core intact, so I know he’s pretty happy with how things turned out.”
The reported Love trade cannot be completed until Aug. 23, due to a rule that Wiggins can't be traded until one month after he signed his rookie contract.
Thompson averaged 18.4 points per game and shot 41.7 percent on three-pointers last season, his third in the NBA. Both marks were career highs. He's currently in the running to make Team USA's roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
- Ben Estes