For the better part of two months, the Golden State Warriors have been connected to Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Reports surfaced the Warriors could trade power forward David Lee and guard Klay Thompson, potentially among other pieces, to deal for him. The Warriors, however, have refused to give up Thompson and now the Cleveland Cavaliers may be the frontrunner for Love.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr has discussed adding a shooting big man and the Warriors reportedly were after Channing Frye, but he signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic. The Warriors could possibly used a young prospect like forward Harrison Barnes to get another deal done.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders thinks New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Ryan Anderson could be a nice consolation prize as a stretch-four for the Warriors.
I’m also a fan of GS and wouldn’t be surprised to see them put a stretch-four alongside Bogut/Iggy/Klay/Steph. It’s clear they’ve wanted to place Love into that role, but we’ll see how those talks wind up. While I do think Anderson could fit that role nicely as an alternative, I’m not sure the Pelicans actually need Barnes. At least, until able to move either Gordon/Reke. They are still going to be paying those guys about $25M combined in each of the next two seasons, and Barnes still wouldn’t likely have a defined role if thrown into that group.
The Pelicans would likely be open to dealing Anderson now that they have acquired a quality center in Omer Asik and have a budding star at power forward in former number one overall pick Anthony Davis.
Anderson was limited to just 22 games because of a herniated disc in his back last season. He averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc and 95.2% from the free throw line.