On Wednesday afternoon there were rumors suggesting the Golden State Warriors, aware the Minnesota Timberwolves were getting close to trading Kevin Love, would attempt to make a late push to acquire the All-Star power forward.
When news of Love’s availability originally emerged the Warriors were not only one of the first teams to show interest, they were viewed as the favorite to trade for the disgruntled star. However, an alleged reluctance to include Klay Thompson threw a roadblock in the potential deal.
Things only got worse once the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to offer up Andrew Wiggins for Love, making a deal between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves unlikely. That said, there was still talk of a potential last minute rekindling however Sam Amick says that will not happen.
Will Warriors make 11th hour push to derail Cavs-T-Wolves deal? They've considered Love-to-Cavs agreement done for a while, so I'm told no.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 7, 2014
It’s likely the Golden State Warriors have not softened on their stance to trade Klay Thompson and even if they would, it’s hard to imagine they’d be able to put together a package that would surpass the Cavaliers’ offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and an additional draft pick.
Ever since the Warriors dropped out of the Kevin Love chance a few weeks ago, the stance around the franchise was that the current roster would be the one who opens the season and that appears likely to hold true. Of course, some have questioned how players like Klay Thompson and David Lee will react considering their names were linked to the Kevin Love trade rumors. Might there be a bit of animosity? Or do they know it’s just business?