Trade rumors can cause issues, sometimes even worse than actual trades.
When an actual trade happens, a player's feelings can get hurt but they are moving teams anyway.
Rumors that don't happen are the worst, because then the player has to go back and play for the team that reportedly tried to trade him.
Just ask Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who was so hurt by trade rumors in Denver that he demanded a trade out of town.
At this point, the Warriors' Klay Thompson hasn't taken things that far. But he is upset with the Warriors over rumors he would have been included in a trade that didn't happen for Kevin Love.
"I think probably right now unlikely," Golden State general manager Bob Myers told SFGate.com while the rumors were swirling on whether they would trade Thompson. "It's the best I can do for you. But I will say this: If you asked me last year at this time would we be in a situation to grab an (Andre) Iguodala, I would have said the same thing.
"Right now, I think it's unlikely. Right now, today."
Why it hurts
The Warriors are one of those teams that rose to contention and Thompson has been a huge part of that. He shows up to play every day and he's always willing to put forth the effort and take on guarding the opponent's best small man.
"The nice thing about him ... is he hasn't reached his ceiling," Myers told SFGate.com. "I think he's got a high ceiling, and that he can only get better, so that's the type of player anybody wants on their team."
The problem came in after the initial rumors that the Warriors were offering David Lee and a top future pick for Kevin Martin and Love. Then, a bidding war ensued and ESPN reported that Thompson would be added into the deal.
That's when Thompson's feelings were hurt, not knowing what to expect with new coach Steve Kerr.
It's both a a good and bad thing for Thompson that he'll be playing in the FIBA World Cup with Team USA over the coming weeks.
It gives him time away to think about things, so he won't be in Golden State right now while he's upset.
On the other hand, he's away from his teammates, too, and talking with other players who presumably have big egos and would also be offended by trade speculation.
Those players, like fans, probably only hear bits and pieces of the rumors and take them as fact. So, dealing with a situation where he might get heckled about his own team not valuing him, this could also make things worse between the Warriors and Thompson.
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