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Report: Lakers in talks to trade No. 7 pick for Klay Thompson, as part of deal that would send Kevin Love to Warriors

Jun 21, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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The Lakers may indeed be getting involved in the Kevin Love trade talks, but not in the way that fans in Los Angeles had initially hoped.

The latest report has L.A. dangling the number seven pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for Klay Thompson, with that pick then being flipped to the Timberwolves as Love would theoretically end up with the Warriors.

The Lakers seem ready, but the Warriors and Timberwolves, somewhat understandably, have their reservations.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers have been in discussions to acquire Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for the seventh pick in next week’s draft, The Times has learned.

The deal would be part of a larger three-way trade that sends Minnesota All-Star power forward Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Lakers are interested but the deal has been put on hold because of a difference in opinion within the Warriors’ organization whether or not to keep Thompson while trying to obtain Love.

The Warriors, however, are trying to keep their high-scoring backcourt tandem of Thompson and Stephen Curry together, while acquiring Love at the same time.

From Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News:

A few hours ago an NBA source insisted to me that the Warriors flat-out will not agree to any of the proposals Minnesota is currently suggesting in the Kevin Love discussions. …

The first stumbling block: The Warriors are making it clear to everyone in the league, including Minnesota president Flip Saunders, that they very much do not want to part with Klay Thompson, the key part of any Minnesota demand.

Minnesota isn’t necessarily in any rush to trade Love, and the franchise will want to make sure it gets some reasonable assets in return for dealing its best player. But it’s unclear if Thompson is even desirable for the Timberwolves, because if he continues to play at his current level, he’ll be in line for a monster contract when he hits restricted free agency the season after next, and Minnesota would surely need to add additional pieces in order to compete out West.

For the Lakers, grabbing Thompson makes a bit more sense.

L.A. has only three players signed to guaranteed contracts for next season in Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre — not exactly the kind of Big Three that wins you championships. The Lakers are also a franchise that isn’t interested in a patient rebuild, and would rather add proven star-level talent now to try to begin their rise back to respectability.

Things are complicated by the fact that the seven pick may or may not yield a franchise cornerstone. This is certainly expected to be a deeper draft than usual, but unless someone like Joel Embiid drops significantly, there’s no sure-fire choice to be made that would guarantee either future or immediate success.

The Lakers trading the pick for an established talent would make a lot of sense. But considering that the Warriors aren’t eager to part with Thompson, even in a deal that would net them Kevin Love, they may have to shop it somewhere else.

  1. purple4life2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    “If you were directly above him, how could you see him?”

    “Because I was inverted.”

    “BULLS*%#”

    Just like this rumor.

  2. imakcds - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    If Kobe can return to Kobe standards, a backcourt of Kobe and Klay would be pretty awesome.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      I’m not sure if Kobe can get back to Kobe standards. His age and injuries will prevent that.

      • money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        What injures ?
        U missed where he was 100%
        And since when has aged stopped Kobe from averaging 27

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        He says he’s 100% but until he’s on the floor playing NBA basketball, we simply don’t know. He was 100% when he came back an re-injured himself. And points aren’t everything if he needs 22 shots to net 27 points.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Kobe will just shoot more and more shots… until he scores 27 points…

        Kobe – Yo man, I just dropped 30 points on their sorry azzes…

        Psst, uh Kobe, it took you 43 shots to get those 30 points dude.

        Kobe – SO! 30 points is 30 points now don’t talk to me ever again.

      • ranfan12 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        lol well he id shoot 46% despite playing hero ball basically every game after good bit into the seaso

    • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Neither one of them is a point guard so i’m a little confused as to how they would be in the same back court. They would prob. move koby to small forward. I think klay has potential but he is a career 43% shooter who shoots way to much and to match the reference of purple4life2 above “his ego is writing checks his body can’t cash” lol. I think the dubs are crazy to let klay thompson be the deal breaker in getting a known quantity in kevin love who is 25 years old. This draft is good but Embid has huge questions and no one might be a superstar and teams like Minn. the lakers and the dubs want to be in the playoffs and win now. Klay needs to expand his game and do more than shoot threes and improve on defense.But he is young and could get there but what he does is more easily replaced than what love does as a rebounding stretch four.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Kobe is a three position player. He turned Nash in to a shooting guard during their time on the court, so he’s capable of playing at the 1. Kobe also has extensive experience playing the 3. If KT goes to the Lakers, it’s not difficult to imagine that he will be able to play with Kobe. Of course, it’s all dependent upon the system the new coach brings with him. Even more importantly, who know how good or bad Kobe will be next season anyway. If he gets hurt again, the Lakers won’t be so bad off with KT.

        Regardless, this would be more of a long term play anyway. Kobe is probably going to retire after his extension is up, unless they Lakers can rebuild quick enough to compete for a championship – which is highly unlikely during the length of Kobe’s current deal.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        @smoothaswilkes – Kobe didn’t turn Nash into a shooting guard, he turned Nash into a non-entity. Kobe wouldn’t let Nash to play point guard because he was afraid he wouldn’t get his touches. Don’t you remember how he laughed at Lakers fans and actually called them “stupid” for suggesting that Nash should be allowed to be Steve Nash and handle the ball and create? He put an end to all of that by basically sending Nash off into Siberia at the 2 spot.

    • 5xchamp24 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      They’re both shooting guards

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      A backcourt of Kobe and Klay would leak like a sieve defensively. And Kobe would have to return with higher standards for that backcourt to be awesome, otherwise Klay would just be miserable and counting down the days until he retires.

  3. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    As a Bulls fan I hope they are thinking out of the box like this.

    • oasis511 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      As another Bulls fan, I don’t have my hopes up. Look at our transaction history:

      2010 – signed Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Brian Scalabrine and traded for CJ Watson
      2011 – signed Rip Hamilton and Mike James (only moves they made all season)
      2012 – traded Korver for cash, signed Hinrich, Belinelli, Radmanovic, Mohammed, and Robinson
      2013 – waived Hamilton, signed Dunleavy and Augustin, traded Deng for Bynum

      If they are going to make a big move, they need to do it this year. The Bulls have been happy just to move around spare parts.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Well done and said sir…

        Long time Bulls fan here and while I put down the Lakers, Knicks, Melo, Kobe and LBJ a lot on this site, I’m not a homer about my team.

        The Bulls are good, but not good enough and they’ve NOT done what they needed to do to get over the hump.

        Their window isn’t shut, but it will shut in time as they all do. They’ve shown nothing that says they are going AFTER a title.

        Frustrating to be good but then not really do anything to move forward…

      • loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Oh I completely agree secretly wished Sterling had dirt on Reinsdorf

  4. fanofthegame79 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I think any trade that forces the Warriors to give up Thompson is too much. I like Kevin Love but you’d be trading players that virtually equal each other out in PER – how does that help a team?

    To further my point, I was watching Numbers Never Lie yesterday and they had some pretty cool advanced stats showing the Warriors are a better team with Thompson instead of Love.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Numbers Never Lie always throw those scenarios out there, but those are all theoretical. The thing is, you can’t tell if they’d be a better team until they’re actually a team. Scenarios can be ran through all day by putting averages and efficiency ratings together, but they don’t explain how a team changes styles and works differently with different players, or how that new group will work together at all.

      It’s kind of flawed to even get into the numbers like that, but you know ESPN, they’ll do anything to get the fans talking.

      • oasis511 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        It’s ESPN, where the person who yells the loudest is the winner. Damn the stats!

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Agreed. But you have to start somewhere, and at least they use some form of statistics to provide an argument.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Sorry fan, but klays per is i believe around the league average of 15 and i think love’s per was the sixth highest in the league at around 26 and per is flawed and klay just shoots threes and love is a rebounding machine and both aren’t very good defenders.You can do anything with pure statistics and much of it would be wrong. Some times you have to go with the eye test and love does more on the court than klay and klay’s out put is more easily replaced.

      • purple4life2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Exactly what ^ said. PERs aren’t even close.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Fan, i looked it up klay’s per last year was 14.3 ans has a career per of 13.9 and love’s per last year was 26.9 and his career per is 23.8. that’s a huge difference and 15 is the league average in per

      • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Purple. i was responding to the comment above made by fanofthegame who said their per were the same. read my post above this one

      • purple4life2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        I’m agreeing with you bkbell13

      • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Yes i know purple i thought your comment above was telling me that denverhoop said the same thing as me because my comment was under his but i was responding to fanofthegame’s comment above his. kool

      • denverhoopdreams - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        And yeah, your point is dead on. Klay and Klove aren’t even on the same radar, regardless of what NNL says.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        I hear you. But Love is earning his numbers on a non-playoff team. At least Klay is earning his numbers on a playoff-caliber team. That has to mean something. There’s also the chemistry issue. The “Splash Bros” are pretty tight.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        fan, i agree to some extent but that’s mostly a factor of the dubs being a much better team and Minn. is just to un-athletic to compete and rubio shoots 39% and can’t play defense other then getting steals. I do think if the center for Minn. and love and others had not gotten hurt they would of made the playoffs. But what more could love do? Yes he does need to improve on defense but i don’t think he will ever be a above average one on one defender. He needs a good system to help him.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      “I like Kevin Love but you’d be trading players that virtually equal each other out in PER – how does that help a team?”

      Thompson’s PER in 2014 was 14.3 which is below the league average of 15.0. Love’s was 26.9.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      You guys are definitely right about the PER stuff, I’ll eat that one. And it would be interesting to see Love on the Warriors – I’m not opposed to the idea at all. But I do like to watch the Warriors as currently constituted; they are fun to watch! I guess we’ll see how this all plays out. This is one of the few reasons I’m ok with the off-season (potential free agent movement). It sucks not having basketball to watch, but the speculation that occurs this time of year is good stuff! Not to mention the draft and the summer leagues.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:38 AM

        Steph Curry is why the Dubs are fun to watch and he isn’t going anywhere. If you enjoy watching Curry and Thompson splashing threes then you are still going to enjoy watching Curry and Love splashing threes.

        But you have got to get over that “fun to watch” stuff if it isn’t producing the desired bottom-line results. It’s like the difference between “she’s hot but crazy” and “wifey material.”

  5. minnesotablizzard - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    What exactly would the timberwolves get? This is a ridiculous rumor. They can get the 6th pick from the celtics and then some, why would they want the 7th pick?

    • therealhtj - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Because just like Love would have 0 interest in resigning with the Wolves, so would Thompson.

      • kinggw - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Being that Thompson is a restricted free agent after next season, it doesn’t really matter if he has no interest in resigning. Should he be traded, whatever team gets him will more than likely have control over him for the next four to five seasons.

      • purple4life2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        First, Thompsons dad went to the U of M, so it’s not. 100% he would want out. Second, if this trade did happen, Thompson would be under MN control for a min of 3 years. I think they’d roll the dice and see if they can convince him to stay over that time.

      • therealhtj - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        He can always sign a 1 yr QO and be out of there in 2 years. It’s remote, but not impossible. He’d lose some immediate guaranteed money, but he comes from a wealthy background and has a strong family support system. Once they lose Love, that team is in the 8-14 range for the foreseeable future – NBA Purgatory. Klay won’t be ecstatic in that situation. He’ll AT MINIMUM use the threat of leaving after the QO to force a trade. That you can count on.

        He’s a SoCal kid and has no desire to land in NBA Siberia. Mychal Thompson is a Laker to his core, and if you ever listen to him on the radio, the mere mention of Klay going to the Lakers makes his day. As opposed to having to talk Klay “off the ledge” if he’s traded to Minny.

        Minnesota, again, thinks they’re something they’re not – a desirable place to go if you’ve got other choices. The only reason they haven’t made a deal yet is that the only teams coming with big offers are the teams Love won’t entertain the possibility of staying with. Minnesota should take what they can get now and end this circus. Flip should remember pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. Don’t be a hog Flip.

      • kinggw - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        I believe you think that Thompson is something he’s not and by that I mean a player that is good enough and has enough clout to dictate where he goes. It’s great his family has money and that he likes California but all of that is irrelevant.

    • aaagary123 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Exactly G.S. can’t get Love while just giving up Thompson. Regardless if he is moved to the Lakers for the 7th pick. Both G.S. and L.A. would do way better in that scenario then Minnesota. Which is stupid because they have the top 5 in the NBA player(bargaining chip) who’s in demand named Kevin Love. So another player or two would also be headed to Minnesota from G.S. Or future Draft picks.

      • aaagary123 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Also the point is that no team is trading for Love unless he signs the multi-deal extension. So regardless of his desire to stay with Minnesota. It still means they should get more then just 1 guy or a 7th round pick for him. Because whatever team wins the bidding war is getting a top 5 player for long term. So they will pay for that. Whoever it is. This article just lost track of the fact that G.S. will be adding something else to the package.

    • purple4life2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Actually should be directed at “there” not King. My bad

  6. spthegr8 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    As a Laker fan, I thiiiiiiiiink I like this deal. Their is no Guarantee’s in the draft. We already know Klay can ball and he is only gonna get better. Still young, only 24 yrs old. I am a little hesitant tho because, Randle or Vonleh have big upside’s. TOUGH call!! I have faith in Mitch tho!

  7. bparmalee - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    There’s something wrong with the NBA if a proven player like Thompson can only net you the 7th pick. What player are you going to get with that pick that’s better than Thompson? At some point the T-Wolves need to stop shuffling deck chairs and figure out a way to win.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      The 7th pick for Thompson, imo, is a little high. I’d keep the pick unless you’re in desperate need of three point shooting.

    • mikeymo74 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      The 7th pick can get them a player on a rookie contract who will play for them more than 1 year. That’s not the case with Klay. I expect the Wolves and Warriors will ask the Lakers to give up more than just that pick and the Warriors will need to give more than just Klay to get Love.

  8. thenoffer - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Therealhtj. Thompson is a restricted free agent Love isn’t. Minnesota could match any offer to Thompson and keep him.

  9. geejon - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    All of this started with Love when Minny made it clear they thought Ricky Rubio was the next John Stockton and he was the most indispensible player on the team. Didn’t work out too well. Now they’re forced to deal Love because he can walk next year because he got the shorter contract Rubio should have gotten and to top it off, they’re now gun shy about acquiring Klay T. because they’re afraid he won’t perform to the level of a new contract just like Rubio hasn’t. What a mess.

    • oasis511 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Ricky Rubio has NOT signed a new contract with Minnesota. He will be eligible for a contract extension when free agency starts in July. Right now, he is still on the end of his rookie contract, which was for 4 years/$15 million. The last two seasons were team options that the T-Wolves picked up. He’s only going to make $5 million for the 2014-2015 season, which is less than the mid-level exception given to a lot of bench players.

      • geejon - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        2 years ago Minnesota had the option of giving Love a 5yr max contract but they didn’t because they were saving it for Rubio. Everyone remembers that. They instead gave Love a 4yr deal with an option to opt out after 3 yrs .. that’s why Love has them in the position where they have to deal him this year or have him walk for nothing next year. Had they given him the 5 yr deal they wouldn’t be in this predicament. The funniest part is Rubio’s been a barely average player and won’t warrant the contract they once thought they’d be offering him and could have signed Love to.

      • oasis511 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Sure, if we are going to talk about fan speculation and rumors, what I remember is that 2 years ago there was already speculation that Kevin Love wanted out. I also remember that he missed 22 games his sophomore season, and that during his contract extension talks he was sitting on the bench again, having missed the first two and a half months of the 2011-2012 season. Maybe David Kahn did want to save the five-year extension for Rubio, but then again maybe the four-year deal with the opt-out season was the best compromise they could reach given Love’s injury history and his reported desire to test the market.

  10. bucrightoff - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    So the Warriors are very hesitant to trade Klay, but not only will they now, but to an in division, in state, hated rival. Ok then…

    • sdlakerfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      Jerry West is with GS. Lakers and GS were trading partners last yr. Don’t think there’s an in division, in state issue. Not even sure there’s a hate issue.

  11. jazz11001 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Enough of the predraft psychobabble. None of this is real it is just the TWolves propaganda machine running wild.

  12. skins26portis - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    The Lakers are so awful now they appear so desperate to make any trade cause their roster is garbage. Good luck Lakers you will be watching the playoffs at home again.

    • mazblast - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      There will be a lot of pressure from the Stern minions remaining in the league office to get the Lakers into the playoffs by any means possible. Selling more sh** outweighs all other considerations.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      I think you’re lying when you say “good luck” Lakers!

  13. skins26portis - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    The Warriors made a mistake by firing Mark Jackson so they will take a step back next season. Warriors need to keep Klay and draft a big that can defend the rim.

    • kvt7280 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      How can the Warriors draft a big if they won’t have a first rd pick until 2015 whom won’t be available until after draft. The Warriors are more intent on trading David Lee, I believe if the Warriors can’t get a star in return, it won’t happen. David Lee will have to be in the deal unless he is being traded to another team as they want to get rid of his salary badly.

  14. money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I just love how klay looks so coveted after I was the only one sticking up for his all star potential on this site.
    How come they justdome go after Harrison Barnes?
    Ha.

    • money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Just don’t *

    • bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Money, 3 years in the league and a career 43% shooter with 40% from the three point line with a career per of 13.9 and a per last year of 14.3 with the league average at 15 doesn’t scream all star much,but he is young and has time to improve. Just don’t get some of hype he gets and the dubs are crazy to let klay be a deal breaker for love who had a 26.9 per and career per of 23.9 and is a rebounding machine and both are not good defenders yet.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      He’s coveted because of the ever rising significance of the three point shot. It’s the one thing he does well.

      But the Warriors should’ve done this deal days ago. There is no reason to hesitate for Thompson. He’s not worth it.

      • money2long - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        The fools that liked this, why isn’t Gary Neal being traded for Kevin love

      • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        Neal might’ve been involved in a Kevin Love-ish deal if he wasn’t a lot shorter, 30 years old, and a worse three point shooter.

        But it’s not like they’re just trying to trade Thompson for Love straight up. That’s ridiculous. Thompson is only part of a package that also involves a first round pick. But whatever that package turns out to be still wouldn’t cover the cost of losing a player like Kevin Love.

      • money2long - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Way to contradict yourself.
        You do it oh so well.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Yeah, that’s what I did. Neal isn’t as valuable as Thompson, but that doesn’t mean Thompson is an all-star.

  15. mazblast - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    My initial thought upon reading this “proposal” is that it’s pure fiction some LA hack invented. Rereading it, I think the same thing.

  16. theebadguy - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    I do it in a heartbeat if I’m LA

    • rogerrodgers - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      it’s not their decision to make…it’s up to the wolves

  17. thenoffer - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The Warriors just re signed Bogut and they have Festus Ezili who they drafted 2 years ago. Offensively challenged but can guard the rim for sure. They also have the European kid can’t come up with name right now. Why do they need to draft a big especially if they get Love?

  18. bellerophon30 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    So you trade a good pick in a deep draft for a guy about to demand max money, who coincidentally plays the same position as your only good player……..who’s due $48.5 million over the next two years. Does anyone realistically think that Kobe can guard the 3 at this point in his career, with his leg injury history? Or guard anyone for that matter (don’t get Bill Simmons started).

    If the Lee/Barnes/Thompson for Love/Martin deal is on the table, Minny isn’t going to do better (probably). They should take it, if they really think that Love isn’t going to re-sign.

    • badge3832 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Klay Thompson is not near a max money player and I’m sure he and his people know that.

  19. muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    What a narcissistic, filthy franchise. The ‘wolves already have an offer from the Celtics and it includes the 6th pick (and more), why the hell would Minny even consider the Lakers’ offer?

    BS report about a BS franchise.

  20. mutasian - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    embiid is out 6 months…he could fall to number seven.

  21. mutasian - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    lakers want thompson not because they need a player like thin. but because his dad played for them. they have connection there.

  22. theebadguy - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    English please

  23. rogerrodgers - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    what ajoke

  24. kvt7280 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Klay Thompson would likely sign a max contract with either the Dubs or Lakers. If traded to the T-Wolves, the Wolves have the right to match the contract whichever team offers him a huge contract. Kevin Love’s contract is different so, Flip Saunders should try to get max value as much as possible. I am surprised they haven’t even trade Love to Boston for 3 picks, Sullinger or Olynck, Green and future picks. The only reason why they haven’t done is because he won’t sign an extension with Boston. The only teams that he’s willing to sign extension with is Warriors and Bulls. Bulls have draft picks but Jimmy Butler and/or Taj Gibson is not at the caliber of Klay Thompson and Boozer’s contract could be similar to David Lee’s but David Lee is better. Flip Saunders know that draft picks don’t immediately translate to good players and can easily be busts. If you want to rebuild, the Celtics has the picks but if you want young future stars, then deal with the Warriors.

  25. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    What a crock of crap! In what world is this a deal for the T wolves? Hahahahaha. Lakers pull this off, then Silver should throw in Chris Paul as a bonus, and a “my bad” from when Stern nixed that deal!

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