Once the Golden State Warriors reportedly decided to give up Klay Thompson in a potential deal for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, a deal between the two sides seemed inevitable.
However, there have been issues – some in the Warriors’ organization reportedly still don’t want to trade Thompson and they don’t want to take Timberwolves’ guard Kevin Martin back. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, there is an “organizational split” on whether or not to go through with trading Thompson.
After it appeared that the Warriors were prepared to part with Thompson in a deal to land Minnesota’s Love, sources told ESPN.com that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr have voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves along with former All-Star forward David Lee for Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.
Others in the Warriors’ organization are said to be willing to surrender Thompson if it means landing Love, who is widely regarded as the marquee name on this offseason’s trade market. But sources say the talks, which were gathering momentum in advance of the upcoming NBA draft, have stalled.
If you were asked the question about whether or not Thompson will ever be as good as Love is now, the answer would probably be no. The Warriors appear to be serious about going from a nice team that can compete to get to the second round of the playoffs to a true title contender and to do that, you sometimes have to make a big splash. Adding an elite player like Love would certainly qualify.