Cavs Asked About Klay Thompson Before Trading Kyrie To Boston

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In the aftermath of the Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office can finally exhale for the first time in more than a month. Irving named four teams as his favorite landing spots, if he would be traded: the Timberwolves, the Spurs, the Heat, and the New York Knicks.

Before the Cavaliers and Celtics came to terms on a blockbuster deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston and Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland, the Cavs reportedly were interested in trading their All-Star guard to the reigning National Basketball Association champions.

Altman even called the team's most heated rival, the Golden State Warriors, inquiring for a potential trade for shooting guard Klay Thompson, one which the organization was uninterested in, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

"Altman was extremely focused on the future in making this trade, a source said". The 25-year-old from Australia averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game last season with the Cavs, and also added 3.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

While Thompson's scoring totals dropped to just 15.0 points per game during the 2017 National Basketball Association postseason, his defense on players like Irving helped Golden State clinch its second championship in three seasons.

In fact, the rough-and-tumble wing held opposing shooters to a 29.8 percent conversion rate from three when he operated as their primary defender during the 2016-17 regular season.

Dealing Thompson would have gutted a part of Golden State's core as Thompson has been a big part of two championships with the team.



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