Andre Iguodala has made it very clear this summer that he thinks highly of his Golden State Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson.
When rumors started to swirl in late June that Thompson could potentially be dealt in an offseason trade, Iguodala immediately spoke out in support of the Warriors keeping Klay.
“That’s not going to happen,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I want to clear that up right now. We should not trade Klay Thompson. “I tell Klay this every day. I text Klay and say, ‘Don’t worry. I’m your man. I’m going to make sure you get paid. I’m going to get you the max (contract). You’ll be taken care of. Don’t stress.’
“Klay really loves it in the Bay, and this is his first time going through trade rumors, and I’ve been through it many times, especially being in Philly. But Klay is my main man. I love Klay to death. One of my favorite people in the world even though he doesn’t speak. But we’re going to get Klay paid this year. He’s going to be a Warrior for life.
Iguodala was at it again Thursday, claiming on Twitter that Thompson is the best shooting guard in the NBA.
@Ronnie2K 1. Klay Thompson 2. Idc 3. Idc
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 24, 2014
On the surface, those comments are ridiculous. Thompson is a very good player, but he’s not on the level of, say, James Harden.
But Iguodala is simply showing support for Thompson during what is likely a difficult time for him, as his name is constantly in the rumor mill. Also, given Iguodala claimed he was going to help Thompson get paid, perhaps this is his strange way of trying to create leverage in future contract negotiations for Klay.
Thompson averaged 18.4 points and 3.1 rebounds this past season.