We may be living through the last days of Klay Thompson from player of the Golden State Warriors. After years of success and 4 titles won, the guard is having what is probably his worst season in his career: 17.3 points average, 41% from the field and 37% from three-point range (a decent percentage for anyone, but his worst ever). Last night, in the game against the Brooklyn Nets, Thompson was benched in the fourth period. and finished with 8 points, 4/9 from the field and 0/4 from behind the arc. In his place was Gui Santos, 21-year-old Brazilian just in his 8th game of the season. A performance that follows the 10 points and 4/16 shooting in the KO against Atlanta in which Steph Curry was forced into overtime with 60 points.
For the Warriors came a win against the Nets, the 22nd of the season, but at the moment Golden State is well out of the Play-in, in 12th place with a 22-25 record. That is why a few moves are expected at the trade deadline: Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Chris Paul are the biggest suspects to leave. Klay moreover is expiring his contract in the summer and has not renewed precisely because the Warriors did not want to offer him the money he was asking for, which is the maximum salary. Therefore, the possibility is more real than ever that Golden State will decide to get rid of him now, so as not to risk losing him for zero in the summer. That would be the end of the Splash Brothers Era in San Francisco.
“To go from being one of the best players to being benched — that would be tough for anyone.” commented Klay Thompson in the postgame of the game against Brooklyn. “I didn’t close out Game 5 of the Finals, who (bleep) cares?” tried to console him Draymond Green in the background.
Klay Thompson: “Yeah, you kidding me? To go from one of the best players… It’s hard for anybody.”
Draymond Green: “I didn’t close Game 5 of the Finals. Who the f*ck cares?” 😅
– ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) February 6, 2024