Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) during the first quarter of game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Golden State Warriors won’t trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love

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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.

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  • Alan Craig

    I wouldn’t trust any information from Krazy Kawakami. The Wolves would be crazy to take anything less than Thompson with Lee. The Warriors are one of few winning teams Love could still average 25 ppg and 10-12 rbs per game along with Curry’s 25 ppg. They would not be able to do that with Thompson there. Iggy was not comfortable playing wing offensively and should move back to SG and Barnes would start at SF in offense that runs more. Wolves just missed playoffs despite injuries, Lee and Thompson along with Brewer, Rubio, and Pekovic would give them that chance next few years. The thought of Curry and Love with the pick and roll would be unstoppable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seriuslee.bruhdah MOJO “CALI^KID” BRUH

      Warriors would be dumb to give up Lee & Thompson for Kevin Love. Lee is an all-star with the stats that he’s put up in his career Damn near averaging a double-double. Curry & Lee together is already unstoppable but to give up 2 of your starters for only 1 individual is uncalled for. It’s possible to see 2 stars have an off game but not 3. Keep what works even though I would love to see K Love in Oakland but not with the sacrifices the Warriors would have to make.

      • Alan Craig

        Trying to trade Lee is all about money. Last year Warriors got rid of expiring contracts at great expense, 2 number 1′s and 2′s to get cap space to sign Iggy to 4 year contract. Iggy was a luxury that they didn’t need and now they have to pay Thompson big money this year. Warriors have to extend Green this year and Barnes plus Ezeli next year. If it wasn’t about cap money this starting lineup could play anyone but bench sucks. By trading Lee/Thompson they save Lee’s 15 mil and Thompson’s projected 12 mil. Love’s 26 ppg 12.5 rbs 4.4 assit a game and is only 26 with a inside/ outside game that will only make Curry better.

  • lolona

    No way should Klay be a part of any deal for Love. He has too much upside, is GS’s best on ball defender, one of the top 3 point shooters in the league, and takes pressure off of Curry. Love is just not a good enough player to pull the trigger on someone like that.