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Report: Warriors, even if LeBron’s Cavaliers push for Kevin Love, still won’t trade Klay Thompson

Jul 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

C.J. Miles, Klay Thompson C.J. Miles, Klay Thompson

This is why the Timberwolves waited.

They figured once LeBron James (and maybe Carmelo Anthony) signed, interest in Kevin Love would heat up. Then, they could start a bidding war.

The Cavaliers, with Love’s urging, are probably game. I suspect they’ll get past their lowball offer and at least discuss a deal involving Andrew Wiggins.

The Warriors? Not so much.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:

Klay Thompson is a good young player, and he fits well with the Warriors.

If the Cavaliers offer Wiggins, this probably a somewhat moot point. Wiggins is more valuable than Thompson.

But if the Warriors pass up a chance to get Love because they refuse to trade Thompson, they’ll regret it.

It’s possible that scenario has already played out, if Minnesota would have finalized the reported traded based on Love and Kevin Martin for Thompson and David Lee. To ensure that fate is a misstep.

  1. canucks30 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Johnny Football

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Good for them. Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

  3. 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    GSW just destroyed Minnesota’s leverage.

    Looks for the Cavs to steal K-Love whilst keeping Wiggins.

    • cmehustle - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      And what would they give Minnesota? Would anyone do a trade for Love without Wiggins if you were Minnesota? Didnt think so.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Because keeping Love for this season and getting nothing for him is better then Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennet, and a #1 pick.

      • lbeezyse - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Not sure why people are so quick to dismiss CHI, BOS, PHX, and other teams from this. Love has never said he will or wont sign with any of these teams. He never specifically said he’d resign with Cle either.

        I expect the Bulls to up their offer when they miss out on Melo. Love has eluded to the fact that he would likely resign in Chi it dealt there. With Bron going to Cle that also ups the pressure on Chi to get better. I’d take Gibson, Butler, McDermott and a first over any pkg from Cle that didn’t involve Wiggs.

        Flip isn’t backed into a corner as much as many of you think. He still has some leverage to play teams against each other. Cle isn’t the only team he is talking to you know.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      4th quarter – you clearly don’t know squat. Boston has a better offer on table than the biggest top pick bust ever and a late 1st round pick + waiters.

      Chicago will make an offer if they lose out on Melo. And it’ll be better than that garbage offer.

      First round picks, specifically late ones are waaaay overrated. Golden State can keep Klay. If the offers were all close to equal, the Wolves would gladly send Love East over helping building a super team. Seriously, why would MN send Love to GS without Klay? Just to set them up?

      Flip isn’t stupid. He’ll take a better offer (prob a worse one) to get him out East. Plus, expect CLE to make a better offer now that LBJ is undoubtedly looking to win now.

      Get a clue dude.

      • lbeezyse - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Cle fans get Bron back (which I think is cool btw) and now they are getting as obnoxious as Laker fans. I would like Love to go to Cle because I like the prospect of Wiggins here and to see what KL has when it matters.

      • purple4life2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Not to mention the Lakers have their own first rd pick, the first they got from Houston today in Lin trade and Randle if they wanted to concoct a deal for Love.

        Which is better than CLEs offer.

        Seriously, the CLE rumored offer of Bennett, Waiters and 1 is the worst rumored offer I’ve heard of.

      • purple4life2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Agreed Ibeez.

        I’d like love in Cleveland as well. Just has to be for Wiggins, probably Thompson and a 1st or expiring salary.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Not offended by your tone and definitely can see your points. However your hypotheticals don’t take into consideration the most important factor in any trade, “Will K-Love sign a longterm deal with (X) team?”

        As it stands he would much rather hitch his wagon to LBJ then Rondo’s knee, D-Roses knees, or Steph Currys ankles.

  4. bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I’m somewhat stunned they won’t give up Thompson. I sort of get not wanting to give up Wiggins if you’re Cleveland because his potential is very high. Thompson doesn’t have close to the same potential. Love is a better player than Curry in reality. Strange call by the Warriors.

    • trevor123698 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      thompson is probably gonna be a hall of famer or close to it

      • lbeezyse - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Because he has an average PER? The way people talk about him as if he is Kobe in his prime. He’s good at shooting and mediocre on D. Not exactly HOF quality.

      • trevor123698 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        he is not mediocre on D. Watch him sometime. He has great technique and clearly learned from his father.

      • spursareold - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Thompson is Kevin Martin, minus a few years and that inate ability to draw FTs.

      • dluxxx - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        You’re crazy.

  5. tompeppermint - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Thank goodness! This would have been terrible for the Wolves. Based on Klay’s dad’s comments that he had to talk his son “off the ledge” about potentially being traded to MN, there’s not much hope that Klay would sign here in MN long-term and near the end of his deal. And if he did so he’d want max money, which is not a great value for skill set.

    Taking on David Lee would be fine if it weren’t for his albatross contract. We already have enough of those. The Wolves need to do a much better job of managing their salaries and avoiding stinky deals like this one.

    • paleihe - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Players on rookie contracts almost always sign with the team that holds their bird rights. Thompson would get PAID in MN, probably around the max as you see with players like Parsons and Hayward.

  6. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Patience, Kevin. Why be part of LeBron’s dream when you can have your own immortality in one year’s time? Just as he chose to go home, you can too.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      That’s OK, Portland has a nice PF already.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Lakers fans are always the most adorable.

  7. lbeezyse - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM


  8. kvt7280 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Cavs can’t keep Wiggins to get Love. Lets look w/o Wiggins, what it will cost: Waiters, Bennett, Thompson, Varajao and 2 first rd picks. With Wiggins, it might only cost Bennett, Thompson and 2 first rd picks. They won’t lose Waiters which is a very good 6th man and can start, they get a chance to keep Lebron’s boy Anderson Varajao. Using a package with Wiggins will still keep a good starting lineup. With Lebron and Kyrie is good enough to score 100 points a game and Varajao will and Thompson will grab 20 boards a game. Just keep the same lineup.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      You’re living in a fantasy world, sonny.

  9. kwame410 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    The cavs should forget Kevin love and try to get Carmelo. a big 3 with wiggins, lebron, and carmelo. is better than just lebron and love

  10. elcapitan1019 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I still haven’t seen an offer than can top the GSW offer of Lee, Barnes and #1 pick. Bennett, Waiters and #1 pick?? Are you kidding me?? Bennett is the worst first pick of all time, and the Wolves have shooting guards. They will need a PF to replace Love.

    The one who HAS to make a deal is Minnesota, NOT GS. Love will opt out next summer. Minnesota would get pennies on the dollar at the Feb. 2015 trade deadline because no team will trade for him without an extension agreement, and why would Love do that just a few months from becoming an unrestricted free agent, most likely THE marquee free agent of 2015?

    The GSW should just sit tight. The other teams don’t have the players to match salaries. Don’t forget that. Love cannot be traded for just draft picks, READ THE CBA rules.

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