The Golden State Warriors aren’t far from being one of the elite teams in the NBA.
After upsetting the third-seeded Denver Nuggets in the 2013 playoffs to advance to the second round (where they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs), the Warriors went 51-31 in the 2013-2014 season and pushed the Los Angeles Clippers to seven games before they were eliminated from the postseason.
The team fired head coach Mark Jackson and hired former TNT analyst Steve Kerr to replacing, hoping that a potential upgrade there could be what they need to push them to another level.
Of course, the Warriors also want to make an upgrade on the court and will likely be a major player for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. The Warriors don’t want to part with guard Klay Thompson to get a deal done but have made power forward David Lee available.
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders sees Love as a “great fit” with the Warriors.
Rumor has it that that the Warriors would like to deal David Lee, and if there is a player who is even better than Lee at power forward, it’s Love. Lee is under contract for two more seasons, meaning he would give the Timberwolves a comparable player while also postponing the free agency discussion. Love’s run-and-gun style of play would be a great fit with the Warriors, who are looking to take an aggressive step forward under new head coach Steve Kerr.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.