2019 NBA free agency: Ranking Klay Thompson’s best potential landing spots

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4. Brooklyn Nets

With all this talk about Kyrie Irving becoming the new face of the Brooklyn Nets, what if we swapped out his most likely running mate, Kevin Durant, for his teammate, Klay Thompson?

This is not the likeliest route that Klay Thompson will pursue, but it may very well be the most exciting. A backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson would take the league by storm, once Klay returns from his torn ACL, of course.

With presumably a buffer year, Kyrie Irving would be allowed to wreak havoc in head coach Kenny Atkinson’s up-tempo offense and put up career numbers after a year of being under the most scrutiny than he ever has been.

With Klay’s pending arrival from injury and the internal growth of the young core of the Brooklyn Nets (Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and the newly acquired Taurean Prince), they wouldn’t have to rely on Thompson for immediate production, but rather, he could be slowly integrated on his own terms.

What makes this dream scenario so tantalizing is that Klay Thompson’s skill-set matches up perfectly to counteract the ball-dominant style of Kyrie Irving, with the majority of his game within Atkinson’s system being based on transition 3s and off-ball movement — similar to the system that made the duo of Stephen Curry and Klay so potent.

Would this be a remix of what Klay currently has in the Bay Area? Sure, but it would be a great way to shake up the entire Eastern Conference.