Barring a major turn of events, Kevin Love will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a matter of days. However, it seems as if Kevin Love was almost traded to the Golden State Warriors back in June.
After the Minnesota Timberwolves had all but placed Kevin Love on the block, the Golden State Warriors were one of the first teams to show interest. More than that, they appeared to be one of the most likely suitors and some suggested they were the favorite to trade for Love.
That seems to coincide with what Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders suggests, hinting the two sides had a deal in place for Kevin Love before ownership called off the trade.
.@Ken_Marks_Esq: —> Warrior had a deal for Kevin Love before the draft, ownership killed that one… gave up too much with no assurances.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 11, 2014
While Kyler doesn’t go on to suggest what ownership team killed the trade it’s easily assumable that it was the Warriors considering they were the team with no ‘assurances’ given Kevin Love’s pending free agency at season end.
Still, that has to tug on the strings of Warriors fans to know that they were oh so close to acquiring Kevin Love. It also likely pulls on the strings of players like Klay Thompson and David Lee, who seemingly would have been sent off in the trade had ownership not nixed the deal.
Of course, owners pulling the plug on a deal created by their GM isn’t exactly news as it’s something that happens rather often, though knowing you were this close to acquiring Kevin Love only to have the rug pulled out from underneath you has to be a bit of a sore spot.