Klay Thompson could be pulling off a Tony Parker-Charlotte Hornets-Esque surprise in his late career.
Heavy’s Sean Deveney met this week with an executive from the Western Conference, who suggested that the Golden State Warrior Thompson might be able to leave for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2024 as he becomes a free agent.
Thompson’s executive stated that Thompson grew up in Portland. “So, the Blazers. There has been talking that he wants to play with them.”
Thompson was also mentioned by the executive as a possible landing spot by the Los Angeles Lakers, but he did not mention any prior chatter linking him to the purple or gold.
Portland could be a good landing spot for Thompson. Thompson grew up in Lake Oswego (Ore.) and his father Mychal was a Blazers player for many NBA seasons. The team’s multiyear salary situation is quite clear. Star player Damian Lillard doesn’t have a stable long term wing partner since CJ McCollum was traded (Anfernee Sims lacks size, and Jerami Grant will be a solitary agent after this season).
Thompson spent his entire NBA career with Golden State. He won four titles and was a member of multiple All-NBA teams. He will turn 33 in a few short weeks, and is experiencing a natural post-injury decline. Thompson can’t go wrong with a Blazers team, which is currently higher than the Warriors ( ) and has also reported interest in another Golden State lifer.