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Did the Warriors make a huge mistake trading Klay Thompson? Will he prove them wrong with the Mavs?

After ending an era with his move to the Dallas Mavericks, Klay Thompson is getting ready for a new start. His heartbreaking exit for the Warriors has left the Dubs nation in mourning, which can continue for some time. Amid the somber atmosphere in the Bay Area, Dallas has already welcomed the 34-year-old.

Not only did the swingman leave the Warriors behind, but he is also ready to shed the last bit of his GSW skin. He is all set to don Number 31 for the Mavs, not the usual Number 11 he donned throughout his Warriors career. And to put his seal of approval on it, he finally broke silence after his Warriors’ exit.

Taking to social media, the four-time NBA champion left a message for the Mavs fans. Thompson mentioned the franchise in his Instagram story and wrote, This gonna be so fun.

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Thompson’s move to the Mavs was finally made official on Saturday. His blockbuster trade to the Texas side was not only emotionally overwhelming for the fans, but it was overwhelming on the board as well. It was the first trade in NBA history that had six franchises involved.

Things started with Buddy Hield going to the Warriors from the Sixers. The Warriors also received Kyle Anderson from the Timberwolves. The Sixers got a second-round pick exchange, while the Timberwolves got a second-round pick and second-round pick swap plus cash. From the Mavericks, Josh Green went to the Hornets, who also got Reggie Jackson from the Nuggets alongside two second-round picks. The Denver side would receive cash for their participation.

For a player like Klay Thompson, all this hassle was probably worth it and might make the 4-time champ feel a bit better about himself after his “disrespectful” exit from the Warriors.

Klay Thompson’s Warriors saga officially ends on sour note

The rumbling started last year after Klay Thompson struggled to find his rhythm. After constant injury setbacks in recent years, the 34-year-old was physically not the man he was before. Even emotionally, he was a changed man. He saw Kevin Durant walk out after his fallout with Draymond Green. He saw the new boy, Jordan Poole, come and go, thanks to a fist from Green.

And then last year, Thompson saw Green get a 4-year $100 million contract instead of him who fought through career-threatening injuries. The Dubs left Thompson in cold water with no extension on the table despite him being no less of a heart and soul of the Bay Area.

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Stephen Curry read between the lines and anticipated the brewing trouble that could split the Splash Brothers, but Thomspon reportedly requested Curry not to exert his influence and let things play out. Ultimately Curry’s worst fear came to reality and fast-forward to July 2024, Klay is out of the West Coast.

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The disrespect did not stop there. Even Thompson’s farewell was compared to a slap in the face. For Steve Kerr, the silent spectator during all of it, the exit was the right call for the swingman. “I think it makes sense for him in his heart to get a different change of pace, change of location. Get out of California, go play on a different team. It’s what’s right for him right now,” Kerr said in an interview on Saturday.

Thompson got out of course. Now, it will be interesting to see if he turns his words into reality and makes this ride in Texas so much fun.

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