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After Spreading Trade Rumor, Klay Thompson Says Scalabrine is Hiding From Him

by: Black Adam Schefter On  Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Last month, 3-time rookie of the year and retired NBA legend Brian Scalabrine set social media on fire when he reported that the Boston Celtics were attempting to trade for the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson.

“I heard this weekend that Klay Thompson may be available, I heard that rumor going around involved w/ a team that wears green”

That rumor came just ten games into the season, when Thompson was shooting horribly from the field, as the team was still adjusting to playing with Kevin Durant.

In a Q&A with ESPN, Thompson spoke about that rumor and how Scalabrine has been ducking him ever since:

“[Warriors coach] Steve [Kerr] and [GM] Bob [Myers] came up to me and told me it was nonsense. I don’t really try to pay too much mind, because I know how the media circuits work these days. Now is a 24-hour news cycle, so you gotta pump out some stories, and it just didn’t bother me too much.

“I knew that when you’re not playing as well as you should, there’s always going to be speculation, so I let people speculate, let the media speculate. It’s fine with us. But I was like, ‘Wow, this is early. We haven’t even played 10 games yet. Can a man get a season before these rumors start?’

“I knew the answer to that, but it didn’t bother me too much … because it came from Scal [Brian Scalabrine]. How reliable is Scal? Let’s be honest, you know? … I tried to find him in Boston, but I couldn’t find him. Scal was ducking me. It’s all right, though. I’ll see him in Oracle. But, yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. I mean, wishful thinking on Scal’s part, so I wasn’t too upset about it.”



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