Warriors reportedly shoot down Klay Thompson to Celtics trade rumors

With most things on the internet, rumors can spread like wildfire. Which is exactly what happened with a rumor former player and current Celtics television analyst Brian Scalabrine decided to expound upon during an appearance on SirusXM NBA radio.

Saying he "heard" numerous times, Scalabrine disseminated a rumor that the Golden State Warriors are looking to trade Klay Thompson. And according to Scalabrine, the Warriors were looking to trade Thompson to the Celtics.

"That can't be true. I don't understand why they would," Scalabrine said. "But maybe they're on what I'm on. It's going to be impossible to win a championship without having rim protection against LeBron and Kyrie. So who's your most valuable asset, or who's your most unneeded asset at this point? I don't know, but I heard that rumor going around and it was specifically to a team that wears green."

In this rumored trade, Scalabrine says that the Celtics would send Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and the Nets' 2017 first-round pick to the Warriors for Thompson. Golden State would then try to move the pick for a rim-protector big man. Now Scalabrine doesn't say where he heard this rumor but since he covers the Celtics, it is easy to infer that he has some sources within the team and organization.

This is an interesting deal as Golden State will add more defensive depth with Bradley and Crowder. Plus, if the Warriors can quickly trade the pick for a rim protector, that will help fill the hole left by trading away Andrew Bogut in the offseason. The Celtics of course would be adding one of the best two-guards in the league in Thompson, who should instantly help them against the elite in the East like the Cavaliers and Raptors.

But Thompson is also quite valuable to the Warriors, and so far this season, they are doing just fine without a credible rim protector. Thompson struggled to shoot the ball at the start of the season but he recently found his stroke and is scoring in bunches again. Plus, it is quite hard to beat the Warriors when Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are all scoring 20-plus points a game. Why give up on something that is just starting to work?

Well, it seems Scalabrine was just speculating, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Warriors have never had trade talks with the Celtics involving Thompson. Scalabrine also backtracked, tweeting that none of his sources told him anything. It was all just literally something he read online.

The article Scalabrine read, cites a source for the rumor as another website, which is also merely speculating, creating a hypothetical out of thin air. Hypotheticals are always fun to think about but that's also why they are called hypothetical, they likely won't happen. Which seems to be the case with this rumor.

It is definitely an interesting idea but it looks like we all have been had by the White Mamba.

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