The Golden State Warriors, seeming never completely satisfied with their roster, are expected to put together a trade offer for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love when/if he’s made available.
They’ll apparently be doing so without including sharpshooter Klay Thompson.
We’ve already heard whispers suggesting that the Warriors didn’t want to include Thompson in a deal for Love, but according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors aren’t interested in parting with Thompson for Kevin Love or any other player.
“Put it this way: NBA execs I’ve surveyed don’t expect that the Warriors will make Klay Thompson available,” says Kawakami. “Even in a Kevin Love package.”
While Thompson is a very fine player, it’s difficult to imagine that Golden State wouldn’t entertain the thought of moving him if Kevin Love was the return. Granted, we don’t know what other players and/or draft picks the Timberwolves would require for such a trade to be agreed upon nor do we know if Love would be willing to sign an extension with the Warriors. Still, passing on Love for Thompson seems like a risk.
Other teams like the Boston Celtics are said to be interested in acquiring Love, though the Sacramento Kings may have made the most waves considering they’ve informed the Timberwolves they’re willing to trade for the All-Star power forward without assurance that he will sign a contract extension before agreeing to the deal.
Minnesota may have trouble trading Love given the fact he can simply say he refuses to sign an extension, which could make Sacramento one of the more attractive partners for the T’Wolves, especially if the Warriors aren’t interested in parting with Thompson.