Houston Rockets: Golden State Warriors trade asset #3: Klay Thompson
Let’s start with the obvious that will come to everyone’s mind. Klay Thompson would be number one on this list if he were healthy. The problem with that is if he were healthy, the Warriors would never consider trading him, but since he is dealing with a major injury for two straight years, that’s why he is third on the list.
As mentioned earlier, in all likelihood, Thompson would never be traded this year if he was healthy, but the Warriors may see it as a risk to wait and see if he will be ready for next year. Curry is still in his prime, but like any other great player, once you are in your 30s, the clock starts to tick on your prime years.
Even though Oladipo is also coming off a major injury in the past couple of years, he has been healthy for the most part this year. Oladipo also gives the Warriors an excellent defender who can still carry an offense on his best nights.
Thompson’s resume is well known. One of the best shooters of all time, one of the best two-way players of the last 20 years, and a winner. The Rockets have shown all season that they are willing to take chances on players coming off of major injuries, and with Thompson’s resume, he may be the best-injured player to take a chance on this year even though he won’t play for the rest of the year.
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