Around November, Brian Scalabrine started a rumor about the Golden State Warriors looking to trade Klay Thompson to Boston. The “White Mamba” has no inside info whatsoever but that rumor still spread like wildfire.
It created such a stir that the Warriors addressed the hearsay, shooting down any speculation that they were thinking of trading Thompson.
On the Klay Thompson-to-Boston front, Warriors are shooting down the notion that there have been any actual talks. Interesting idea though.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 14, 2016
Thompson himself was aware of the rumor spread by Scalabrine but as he told ESPN’s Marc Stein, he didn’t pay much attention to it.
“Steve [Kerr] and Bob [Myers] came up to me and told me it was nonsense,” Thompson told Stein on the TrueHoop podcast. “It don’t really try and pay too much mind to it, because I know how the media circus works these days. It’s a 24-hour news cycle and you have to pump out some stories. It just didn’t bother me too much. When you’re not playing as well as you should, there’s always speculation. So I let people speculate, the media speculate.”
Thompson, though, wanted to talk to Scalabrine about the rumor when the Warriors defeated the Celtics 104-88 in Boston on Nov. 18. Yet Scalabrine was nowhere to be found.
“I tried to find him in Boston, but I couldn’t find him,” Thompson said. “Scal was ducking me. It’s all right. I’ll see him at Oracle.”
The Celtics will visit the Bay Area March 8 so Thompson will have to be a little patient.