The Golden State Warriors have reportedly re-opened talks to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. However, if they continue to refuse to including guard Klay Thompson in a potential trade, they will likely have to look elsewhere for an upgrade.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes the Warriors could target Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who will enter the final year of his contract next season.
Here’s the question though: What if Love weren’t willing to tell them he’d re-sign in the Bay, or opt into his contract for next year and put off free agency for a year? What if you give up Klay Thompson then?
I don’t see any other obvious trade targets that are worth including Thompson. LaMarcus Aldridge could be a possibility if the Blazers really stumble this year, as they could since a lot of them were over their heads last year during that big start.
The Blazers maintain Aldridge will not be moved and Aldridge has expressed his desire to be an all-time great Trail Blazer.
Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol will also be a free agent, but he doesn’t seem to be as good of a fit as Love or Aldridge. The Warriors could consider moving center Andrew Bogut, who will enter the final year of his contract in the 2015-2016 season.
Aldridge averaged 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from te field, 20.0% from beyond the arc and 82.2% from the free throw last season. 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. Gasol went for 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 47.3% from the field, 18.2% from beyond the arc and 76.8% from the free throw line in 59 games.