The Golden State Warriors have been trying to trade for Kevin Love since before the draft but their efforts haven’t gotten them very far at all and it’s starting to frustrate fans in Oakland.
But there’s a reason for the Dub skepticism it seems and it’s a pretty interesting reason that seems to be why they don’t want to throw in Klay Thompson into any deal they make. According to Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors first believe that David Lee is not trade filler in the least bit, but are concerned that Kevin Love’s defense is on or below a David Lee level.
Lacob in particular doesn’t believe Lee should ever be considered a throw-in on a big deal–and that Lee’s defense isn’t as bad as many say (that’d be me!), that Lee’s hard work on the floor and attitude in the locker room cannot be discounted when you add up his value to the GSWs.
As USA Today’s Sam Amick has pointed out, the Warriors are very worried that Love’s defense is no better–or might be worse–than Lee’s D.
It seems that this would be the other way around, and the Wolves would be the ones concerned about Lee’s defense, but for whatever reason the Dubs are the ones worried. That bit of information actually helps explain a lot as it gives insight into why the Warriors are so hesitant to throw in Klay Thompson on a deal, but it also hardly justifies not doing so.
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