There is no question the Golden State Warriors are looking to deal for Minnesota Timberwolves’ star power forward Kevin Love.
It also appeared as though it was no question that Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson would be the centerpiece of the deal from a Timberwolves’ perspective. Recent reports have indicated that the Warriors would be sending Thompson, power forward David Lee and some combination of a future first round pick, forward Harrison Barnes and forward Dryamond Green to the Timberwolves for Love and guard Kevin Martin.
Thompson still seems like he will indeed be one of the main pieces in a Love deal, but it does not look like he will be headed to Minnesota. According to Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Lakers are in talks to land Thompson as part of a three-way deal that would send Love to the Warriors.
The Lakers have been in discussions to acquire Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for the seventh pick in next week’s draft, The Times has learned.
The deal would be part of a larger three-way trade that sends Minnesota All-Star power forward Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Lakers are interested but the deal has been put on hold because of a difference in opinion within the Warriors’ organization whether or not to keep Thompson while trying to obtain Love.
In this scenario, the Lakers’ seventh-overall pick would be sent to the Timberwolves. That would give the Timberwolves two lottery picks (they already own the 13th-overall pick).
Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 44.4% from the field, 41.7% from beyond the arc and 79.5% from the charity stripe. In the postseason, he put up 16.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40.8% from the field, 36.4% from three and 79.2% from the free throw line.