The Golden State Warriors have the most formidable roster on paper heading into next season, but they could soon lose one of their superstars if the “Big Four” experiment fails.
The Warriors acquired Kevin Durant this summer, which made them heavy favorites to win the title in the upcoming season. But if they fail to win the championship, Warriors fans could bid goodbye to one of their superstars next summer.
And according to FanSided’s Nugg Love, Klay Thompson could eventually be the odd man out. One of the possible scenario floating around is the deal that would send Thompson and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and Gary Harris.
The deal might look to be one-sided in favor of the Nuggets, but the Warriors could benefit in the long run. According to the report, Harris could eventually fill in the role of Thompson, which will diminish following the arrival of Durant in the Bay Area.
On the other hand, Faried and Chandler will play a big role off the bench. Chandler will be Durant’s backup, while Faried could sustain the energy on the floor when Draymond Green is on the bench. This is why Nugg Love noted that trading Thompson could do more good than harm for the Warriors.
“Giving up Thompson would be a big risk,” Nugg Love noted. “But doing so, to the Nuggets, could help bring another trophy to the bay.”
Meanwhile, the Nuggets and Thompson himself could benefit from the deal. The Nuggets will get the star power that they sorely lack since trading Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks back in 2011.
Thompson, on the other hand, will be in a better position to make a name for himself. Instead of sharing the spotlight with his fellow superstars in Oakland, he will be the main gunner in Denver.
The 26-year-old shooting guard said earlier in the offseason that he will not change his game just for Durant, The Vertical reported. The former Washington State standout, who averaged 22.1 points on top of 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season, sounded like he might eventually decide to look for a way out.