The Golden State Warriors ultimately decided to pass on dealing guard Klay Thompson to the Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love. As it turns out, the Warriors actually had a deal lined up to replace Thompson with a more-than-solid shooting guard had they decided to deal him.
Rich Bucher of Bleacher Report, via a league source, reports that Warriors could have dealt forward Harrison Barnes to the Orlando Magic for guard Arron Afflalo, who would have served as a replacement for Love.
League sources also say they could’ve dealt Harrison Barnes to Orlando for Arron Afflalo in conjunction with the Minnesota deal, which would’ve given them a reasonable substitute for Thompson.
Afflalo, of course, wound up being dealt to the Denver Nuggets for swingman Evan Fournier and a second round pick that wound up being guard Roy Devyn Marble. Afflalo averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45.9% from the field, 42.7% from beyond the arc and 81.5% from the free throw line. In his seven-year career, he’s gone for 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 45.9% from the floor, 42.7% from three and 81.5% from the charity stripe.
Barnes put up 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 39.9% from the field, 34.7% from beyond the arc and 71.8% from the free throw line last season. In his rookie season, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the floor, 35.9% from three and 75.8% from the charity stripe. However, in the 2013 postseason, he put up 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 44.4% from the floor, 36.5% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the foul line, which was the reason for all of the optimism entering the 2013-2014 season.
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