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Report: Warriors ‘split’ over whether or not to part with Klay Thompson, so Kevin Love trade talks have stalled

Jun 21, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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The Warriors want to acquire Kevin Love, and are fine with giving up a piece like David Lee to get him.

But what they don’t want to do — at least right now — is break up their high-scoring backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the process.

That wrinkle has led to trade talks stalling on the Love front at the moment, but since there are some within the organization who wouldn’t mind parting with Thompson, the situation is one that may be revisited at some point in the future.

From Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of

What is being described as an “organizational split” on the willingness to part with prized shooting guard Klay Thompson has led to an impasse in the Golden State Warriors’ trade pursuit of All-Star forward Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.

After it appeared that the Warriors were prepared to part with Thompson in a deal to land Minnesota’s Love, sources told that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr have voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves along with former All-Star forward David Lee for Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.

Others in the Warriors’ organization are said to be willing to surrender Thompson if it means landing Love, who is widely regarded as the marquee name on this offseason’s trade market. But sources say the talks, which were gathering momentum in advance of the upcoming NBA Draft, have stalled.

Giving up Thompson is the true sticking point here, because while including him and a first round pick in a trade might seem like a price too steep, the value there is diminished because Golden State would likely be picking fairly late in the first round if they were able to add Love to the roster.

The three-way trade idea involving the Lakers would be even better for the Timberwolves, but it still involves the Warriors losing Thompson, so no dice.

Remember, Minnesota isn’t exactly in a hurry to send Love packing, so it will continue to take its time in waiting for the right offer. We’re hearing more chatter because the NBA Draft is less than a week away, and those picks are potentially less valuable once they’ve been turned into actual players selected.

The Timberwolves can’t (and shouldn’t) trade Love simply for future draft picks; the franchise needs an immediately ready asset in return to sell to its fan base, and someone like Thompson — while being nowhere near Love’s level of production — would at least help ease the transition.

But the Warriors don’t appear to be willing to include him in any deal for Love — at least not yet.

  1. mcjon22 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Not a Warriors fan, but I’d make that trade in a heart beat. If they played in the east, by all means be hesitant. But they have to get by Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Lamarcus Aldridge and Dirk just to get to the Finals.

    You need at least 2 star players to get out of the west.

    • jebdamone - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      I agree…Klay is good and has a lot of potential but he isn’t even that much younger than love and love is clearly a better player. even as far as a pure shooter its pretty close, love is one of the best shooters in the game. i like Lee but he is often hurt and Kmart is a solid 2. i would absolutely take this if im GS.

      • borderline1988 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Klay Thompson is an underrated defender though. Love is a piss-poor defensive player.

        I dont get this trade…Kevin Love is certainly an upgrade over David Lee, but how big of an upgrade is he? David Lee’s per-36 averages are 20 ppg and 10 rbg, That’s about 6 ppg and 3 rbg less than what Kevin Love gives you. Both are crappy defenders, and Kevin Love seems to be more injury prone. Love will almost certainly demand more money next year.

        So you’re giving up one of the best young offensive 2-guards in the game who also plays solid defense, for an injury-prone PF who only gives you 6ppg and 3rbg more than your current starting PF?

        If I were GS, I’d focus on continuing to build the bench with quality players considering that they have so many injury-prone starters. Not adding another injury prone and overrated PF who cant play a lick of defense.

  2. JHathwell - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I love that you included Dirk in that.

    • shaner329 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Kevin Martin would start

  3. rajbais - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    If Barnes or Iguodala can start trade Klay, but the starter should be an efficient shooter.

  4. nfl4days - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I wouldn’t do it, but im not a GM.

  5. imthedudedude - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Well just be sure to check with his daddy first. Don’t wanna upset him.

  6. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    By now you pissed Klay off and when he has the chance to go to the Lakers and follow his dad’s footsteps he will , should of just kept your mouth shut and if it happened it happened now you’re screwed.

    • muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Lol. Lakers fans are so cute.

      • loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        I’m a Bulls fan but if you think for one second it going public that he’s on the block for Love and the trade doesn’t happen their won’t be hard feelings you’re crazy.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        The Warriors were close (or reportedly close) to trading Curry earlier in his career. He got over it pretty quickly.

  7. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Dubs are just stalling, so Minnesota drops there demands of a first rd pick being included.

  8. cueghost - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Firing Jackson was strike one. Trading both Thompson and Lee is strike 2 and 3… This team is going to have NO chemistry.

  9. rrhoe - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Kevin Love is not deserving of so much attention and last I checked GS’s problems weren’t scoring and they still won’t make it out the west with Love.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Last season they ranked 12th in offensive scoring efficiency and 4th in defensive efficiency… so you could definitely argue that more efficient scoring could address one of their problems.

      • rrhoe - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        GS averaged 106.4 pts a game,third best in the league-but they gave up 110.9 pts a gm. I don’t see Love making as much of an impact/change to those numbers.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        That’s Golden State’s playoff stats. And yeah they’re defense was bad but that’s directly attributable to Bogut’s absence.

      • rrhoe - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        My bad,clicked on the wrong stats,but my point is this: Scoring and rebounding is not GS problem,Klay’s game will only get better and he’s not costing them alot of money.

  10. R. Edmond - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I hope Jerry West and one-time-GM Steve Kerr clash and Jerry West comes back home to the Lakers.


    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      His last name might be a clue to his future.

  11. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Warriors management is letting emotion come into play for this trade. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “who is getting the best player” in any trade scenario. K Love is the legitimate star in this particular situation. The warriors should be asking themselves which player is easier to replace: a two guard with a little size and nice jumper, or a stretch 4? IMO, this is a no-brainer

    • muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Little size? Klay Thompson is one of the longest, and one of the better defending two-guards in the league.

  12. bealwithit - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Klay Thompson is basically a younger version of Kevin Martin so the Warriors wouldn’t be bad at that position.

    This just proves that teams over value their own players. Klay Thompson is good, but I am not sure he will ever make an All Star team.

  13. JT - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Even if they make that trade, the trade off for Love ain’t that great, he’s Lee with a three and a little more rebounding.. But hey.

  14. plymouth11 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Last I checked I don’t think the Warriors have ever won anything, and the west is the west. They are going to need to make changes to move up. Klay Thompson is a time bomb, seems incredibly surly and will be able to go after a big contract that will likely not match his value on the court, and they are hesitant to trade him to acquire Kevin Love? Epic Fail…

  15. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Dont trade kevin martin…. rather keep him then get a future 1st from the warriors. ..

  16. beatmonstars - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Trading Klay for Kevin Love would be crazy. They had the best starting 5 during the regular season. They took the Clippers to 7 games without there starting and backup centers. The year before that they gave the spurs there biggest scare in the western conference finals. That was with curry barely seeing out of one eye a bum ankle and a hurt David Lee. I keep hearing Klay’s position would be easier to replace. Name another two guard who shoots better than Klay and has better defense? So again you say with Love they’re instantly better with a lack luster bench? I don’t buy it. Keep Klay and get steph a legit back up point guard.

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