Warriors' Thompson Sidelined Again
Despite the pandemic continuing to rage throughout the nation, professional sports continue to be an escape that people can look forward to. While only the NFL is in season currently, there has been plenty of news throughout the sporting world.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest stories currently.
Thompson Out, Oubre In
After a disappointing season that saw the Golden State Warriors become one of the worst teams in the NBA, there was a lot of hope that the team would bounce back in a big way this season. After all, they would have a healthy Stephen Curry, a healthy Klay Thompson, and now a solid lottery pick in James Wiseman.
Well, they are going to have to settle for two of the three. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Klay Thompson has suffered a season-ending injury as he tore his Achilles.
This is obviously heartbreaking news for Warriors fans, as Thompson is an elite scorer when right. In fact, in his last season in 2018-19, he averaged 21.5 points per game as well as 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He was especially deadly from three-point range as he shot 40.2% from behind the arc.
After news of the injury broke, the Warriors went to work and have already brought in someone to help replace Thompson while he recovers. According to Wojnarowski, the Warriors are sending a 2021 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kelly Oubre.
The Thunder just recently acquired Oubre in the Chris Paul deal but now send him packing before the dust has even settled. In the 2019-20 season with the Suns, Oubre averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. While he is not to the level of Thompson, the Warriors are hoping he can help soften the blow of losing their sharpshooter.
Hayward Opts Out Of Contract
Staying in the NBA, Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward has decided to opt out of his player option. In doing so, he is giving up just over $34 million.
Instead, Hayward will now look to secure a long-term pact. It is still possible that the Celtics could re-sign the forward, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him on another team either via a free agency signing or a sign-and-trade.
Last season with the Celtics, Hayward averaged 17.5 points on 50% shooting. He also added 6.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and shot 85.5% from the free-throw line. Needless to say, he could be in high demand on the open market.
Clevinger Agrees To Deal, Out For Season
The San Diego Padres made a move last season to bring hurler Mike Clevinger into the fold to help solidify their rotation. Unfortunately, injuries hampered the righty down the stretch, but with a couple of years left on his contract, there were still high expectations of what was to come for his tenure with the Padres.
Those high expectations, once again, have to be put on pause. Earlier this week, the Padres announced that Clevinger needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the upcoming season.
Interestingly, the team had also announced that they had finalized a two-year deal with the right-hander to essentially buy out the two years of arbitration remaining. The deal is back-loaded, with Clevinger only making $2 million for the upcoming season.
In eight games last season, Clevinger went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and struck out 40 in 41 2/3 innings.