Warriors Rumors: Golden State Losing Klay Thompson For Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton?
The Golden State Warriors are pretty much set with their core group of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. That nucleus will be a juggernaut in the Western Conference for many years to come. That is of course, if they won’t be disbanded prematurely.Advertisement
A lot can go right for the Warriors next season, but a lot can go wrong either. If the Warriors fail to live up to expectations, in this case an instant NBA championship, several teams are ready to snatch one Splash Brother away from the Bay Area.
Nugg Love’s Tim Hart toyed with the idea of the Denver Nuggets acquiring Klay Thompson in exchange for Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton. The Warriors have a scary albeit formidable starting unit, but their bench may need some improvement.
The Warriors will be very hesitant to trade Thompson. However, the addition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant has lessened his value to the team. It’s also no secret that the Warriors gave up numerous key players to sign Durant.
The Warriors had to part ways with Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut to offer Durant a two-year, $54 million deal. Not only that, the Warriors no longer have Leandro Barbosa and Marreese Speights.
Acquiring Gallinari and Barton is a reasonable two-for-one bargain for the Warriors. Gallinari is not the defensive stopper Thompson is, but he is a reliable spot up shooter from beyond the arc.
Gallinari is a versatile 6-foot-10 wingman who can play either the shooting guard or small forward position. He can also slide into the power forward spot if Steve Kerr wants to go small-ball, which he often does.
Andre Igoudala would retain his role as the captain of the bench. He would have a new cadet in Barton. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard can score in bunches and is an above-average rebounder for his position. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Nuggets last season, ESPN noted.
Barton is an explosive leaper who would electrify the crowd at Oracle Arena, even more so than Shaun Livingston’s sick in-your-face dunks. The two are athletically similar. They would be a highly-entertaining back-court duo coming off the bench.