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Just when things didn’t seem like they could get any more tense for the Golden State Warriors this postseason, news of internal locker-room strife is beginning to leak into the national media for a certain Warriors All-Star.
When talking about Klay Thompson’s future with the club and what people inside his camp are saying on ESPN’s First Take, analyst Stephen A. Smith said, “I’m told Klay isn’t happy – his number hasn’t been called nearly enough. He’s tired of sitting around and getting, this is a quote, the ‘crumbs’ left behind by other people.”
With this news breaking, Warriors insider Marcus Thompson joined Murph & Mac Wednesday morning to discuss the validity of these rumors, as well as where he thinks Klay goes from here.
“There’s probably a little truth to it, and it’s probably a little overhyped,” Thompson said. “I do feel like Klay’s people are determined to get him a max contract and get him all the money possible, which they should.”
Marcus also noted the interesting timing of Klay’s alleged comments, as his performance this postseason has been subpar at best.
“This is a risky play,” Marcus said. “This has been Klay for a lot of his career, not really performing in the playoffs and not having to, really… Game 2 was all about Steph (Curry). Klay didn’t shoot the ball well either, but he kind of got to live in the shadow.
“If he ends up going to another team for the max money, there is no escaping. There is no sliding out of the press conference.”
While Thompson understands how money is a driving force for Klay’s impending offseason decision, he thinks the five-time All Star is in a perfect situation right now.
“Klay’s got a great situation where if he doesn’t play well, everybody’s looking at Steph Curry and Kevin Durant,” Thompson explained. “When Klay plays well, everybody talks about how great he is. I don’t know why he would want to leave that, but I understand the money thing. I feel like the Warriors are going to offer him whatever, anyways… especially if Kevin Durant leaves.”
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