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Report: Warriors willing to trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love

Jun 19, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

Update: Chris Broussard of ESPN:

The Timberwolves might send Golden State a draft pick? That has to be a joke, right?

I’d guess something just got lost in translation, because that package is too ridiculously slanted in the Warriors’ favor to even ponder.


The bidding war over Kevin Love is heating up.

The Bulls and Celtics and then not the Celtics have been reported leaders at different times. The Nuggets are putting together an interesting package, too. The Rockets saw all this and basically said, “Too rich for my blood.”

Meanwhile, the Warriors had seemingly faded from the picture – probably because they wouldn’t include their top reasonable trade asset, Klay Thompson, in a deal.

But that has changed.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Thompson is already a good player, and at just 24, he has potential to become one of the NBA’s top shooting guards – if he isn’t one already. He has real value.

Which is why the Timberwolves want him.

Besides Thompson, what can the Warriors really offer? They can’t trade a first-round pick until 2019, though if they wait until after next week’s draft, they could trader a 2015 first rounder. Either way, that won’t cut it.

Thompson alone won’t be enough. The salaries wouldn’t match, and Love requires a bigger return.

As good as Thompson is, Love is already a top 10 player at any position and just a year older. He’s available only because he doesn’t want to stay in Minnesota. You don’t pass on a player like that, at least if you’re confident you can re-sign him, due to Thompson.

Andre Iguodala can play either wing position, and Draymond Green (based on current ability) and Harrison Barnes (based on perceived potential) could easily stand to receive more playing time. Replacing Thompson wouldn’t be that difficult.

Beating a Golden State team that features Stephen Curry, Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Green, Barnes and Love – that would be difficult.

  1. lbeezyse - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Why do you say the Wolves have no leverage? There are multiple teams jockeying for him via trade thus driving the value up. Simple economics really. The Wolves have all the leverage over the offers on the table & are not going to trade him for table scraps. Some people are as delusional as Lakers fans. If Barnes & Klay arent part of the deal then Flip will simply turn to Bos Chi & the multitude of other teams with offers on the table. The GSW can sign curry & klay to max deals And be first round exits from there on out.

    • muathjam21 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Because there are only a handful of teams that have the ammo to trade, and within those team a select few that Kevin Love would sign for. It’s not a free market where everyone’s involved.

      If you think Minny has much leverage in this situation you’re mistaken, quite honestly.

  2. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    You make this trade in a heart beat for the Dubs. For Minnesota you make this trade because you don’t have a choice. Love is forcing Minnesota’s hand and this is the best offer out there. Klay’s wants to much money, rather pay Love.

  3. lbeezyse - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Bos, chi, phx, den, Gsw, was, hou are the teams we know made offers. I’m sure there are 5-10 more teams that made offers we havent heard of yet. Personally I think Klay is streaky and slightly overated. I’d rather have Bos or Chi picks+ gibson/butler or sullinger/ollynyk to boot. Klay most likely will want out of MN anyways so why trade for him?

    More than likely I see a darkhorse team like SA make a play at the last minute. With the offer stated above it is not as good as what bos den or chi have offered

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