Klay: ‘It hurts to see’ Poole traded despite excitement over CP3

Klay: 'It hurts to see' Poole traded despite excitement over CP3

Klay Thompson has mixed feelings about the Golden State Warriors’ most notable offseason move.

“To be able to play with someone like Chris (Paul) is an honor, but obviously, it hurts to see Jordan (Poole) go. That’s the nature of the beast that is this business,” Thompson said on Monday’s episode of “Podcast P with Paul George.”

Golden State acquired Paul from the Washington Wizards in early July for a package centered around Poole and draft picks.

Thompson said he was impressed with Poole’s work ethic, which reminded him of his younger self.

“I saw him go 2-for-15 in a game, but then he would be in the (practice facility) getting shots up right after the game,” Thompson said.

Poole averaged 17 points and shot 39.1% from beyond the arc during the 2022 postseason, helping the Warriors capture their fourth championship in eight years. While Poole was only around for the last of their titles, Thompson said his efforts won’t be forgotten.

“Jordan is forever going to be cherished in the Warriors’ lore just for what he did and (helping to) bring us back to where we needed to go,” Thompson said. “And I know he’s going to do great things in Washington.”

Poole is entering the first season of a four-year, $128-million contract as he joins the Wizards. The 24-year-old guard has increased his scoring average in each of his four NBA campaigns.

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