It looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love may have played his last game with the Timberwolves and could be traded by next week’s 2014 NBA Draft.
The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have been both been looked at frontrunners to land Love with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns all in pursuit.
Now it looks like the Warriors, who may not have the draft picks some of the other squads do, are the favorites to land Love. The Timberwolves and Warriors are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Love, Kevin Martin, J.J. Barea and the 13th-overall pick to the Warriors for Klay Thompson and David Lee. It was originally thought the Warriors wouldn’t make Thompson available, but they now seem prepared to deal him.
According to Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune, the Warriors watched former Michigan Wolverines’ swingman Nik Stauskas and former Creighton Blue Jay’s forward Doug McDermott work out in Chicago. They could potentially be had with the 13th-overall pick and the Warriors could use one of those prospects to help make up for the loss of Thompson’s shooting. However, Zgoda doesn’t believe the Timberwolves will deal the pick.
Interesting, per @chadfordinsider, Warriors watched Stauskas, McDermott workout in Chi. They don’t have 1st-rd pick, but Wolves have 13th
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) June 19, 2014
Flip today pretty much said flat out that he is not trading the 13th pick — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) June 19, 2014
The Warriors may have to deal with not getting the pick if they really want to land Love because the Timberwolves don’t need to deal him at this moment.