Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) collides with Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) during 1st quarter action in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love Rumors: Warriors still not interested in trading Klay Thompson


The Minnesota Timberwolves really want to get this whole Kevin Love situation sorted out before it’s too late and they seemingly have already missed one or two different key points in the offseason to have had a deal done by.

Minnesota was rumored to be trading Love before the NBA Draft arrived but that didn’t happen and they similarly failed to move him before free agency opened on Monday. That hasn’t killed trade talks though involving Love but there are significant hang ups keeping things from happening.

According to Tim Kawakami, the Golden State Warriors remain steadfast in their stance that any Kevin Love trade will not include Klay Thompson while the Wolves are saying no trade will happen without Klay Thompson.

Quentin Tarantino couldn’t have scripted this Mexican Standoff any better.

The bottom line is that Love might end up liking it in Minnesota if they can produce a winning season and convince him to stay beyond 2015. So far they’ve done nothing in free agency to show any sort of effort and it’s looking like Love will be moved at some point between now and the trade deadline this upcoming February.

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  • blaiyan

    I think when you look at the Dwight Howard/Lakers situation; if you’re a team looking to trade with minnesota you realize that they’re really not in a position to be making any real demands. Especially for what would most likely be a one year rental for your team. It’s much smarter for everyone to wait a year and minnesota gets nothing. Getting a 20/10 power forward back alone is great but Lee really doesn’t get respect so his contributions are just looked over. I’m just glad the rumors have shifted to Klay being off the table.

    • Justin1978

      You do realize they can demand anything they want. They are the ones with Love on the roster. They aren’t going to trade him to trade him. I would much rather have one year of Love than the 2 years and 30 million Lee gets. It’s not disrespect, it’s his massive salary. The Warriors don’t have any good parts to trade besides Thompson, at least not for Love. It’s only smarter to wait a year for the team that Love signs with as a free agent. Teams are worried more about themselves than shafting Minnesota so they get nothing. He can’t sign with GS, LAL, HOU, CHI, PHO, etc. I don’t think any team will trade for him unless he says he will sign long term or if he opts into the final year of his deal so they get him for 2 seasons like CP3. He can only sign with one team. Look at all the teams going after Melo. If they don’t get him, they will turn their attention to Love. The Warriors will have to deal Lee anyways to free up cap space to sign Love as a free agent. They will likely have to give up an asset to a team just to take on his contract. Teams know the Warriors have to trade Lee soon. They won’t be able to give Klay Thompson a max deal with Lee, Curry, Bogut, AI and Curry on the roster. He will get a max deal or very close to it. No team is going to give up assets for a one year rental of Lee next offseason. You said it yourself with the Love situation. Why not wait a year as you suggest and sign Lee outright?