The Golden State Warriors looked like a heavy favorite to land Minnesota Timberwolves’ star power forward Kevin Love earlier in the offseason. Ultimately, they wouldn’t part with guard Klay Thompson and Love will be dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend.
According to a scout that talked to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Love would have been a better fit with Curry and many believe Curry and Thompson won’t reach their full potential playing together.
Don’t misunderstand; there’s nothing wrong with the Warriors exploring a deal for Love. While one scout said his team would have a field day forcing a Curry-Love combination to defend pick-and-rolls “all day long,” another league talent expert is convinced that Curry and Love are a far better offensive combo than Thompson and Curry and that Love would’ve benefitted the entire team. “I’m way on an island with this, but I believe Love would’ve made everybody on that team better,” he said. “I just value a range-shooting 4 more. Shooting guards are replaceable.”
Thompson is obviously a very talented, young player but passing on Love will likely be the discussion in Golden State for some time if the Warriors don’t start making lengthy playoff runs.
Curry put up 24.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.1% from the floor, 42.4% from beyond the arc and 88.5% from the free throw line last season. Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 44.4% from the field, 41.7% from beyond the arc and 79.5% from the charity stripe.
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