Kevin Love to Warriors Trade Rumors Heating Up?
While many NBA teams are falling short in offering up quality traded offers in an attempt to land Minnesota Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors aren’t holding back.
According to ESPN.com, Golden State has made shooting guard Klay Thompson readily available on the trading block, and would be open to packaging big man David Lee in a deal to acquire Love and possibly Kevin Martin, as well.
Per reports, Minnesota is also holding out to package either Draymond Green or Harrison Barnes as part of the deal, although the Warriors have not yet decided whether or not they are willing to part with so many young pieces to land Love. With Love currently merely being a one-year rental in his contract season, it’s possible Golden State would require a guaranteed long-term deal to complete the deal.
With that being said, this is arguably the first legit Kevin Love trade rumor that has serious legs. One one side, Minnesota would be getting some terrific value in return for their disgruntled star, while they would also be shedding the unwelcome contract of Kevin Martin. Depending on the package they’d receive in return for two of their best offensive players, they could get back a very skilled offensive forward in Lee, a sharpshooter in Thompson and a young, versatile forward in either Barnes or Green.
With no pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the Warriors would then likely also have to add on a 2015 or 2016 pick to sweeten the deal.
Impact on the Warriors
For the Warriors, they would rid themselves of Lee’s unsightly contract, while at the same time upgrading over him with a much better offensive threat in Love. Like Lee, Love can score inside and rebound, but is also an elite outside shooter and passer. Golden State would get a moderate replacement for Thompson in Martin, who is older and doesn’t have the same upside, but is just as good of a pure scorer.
The real loss would be in trading away either Barnes or Green, as both are young players with considerable upside. Barnes would be the player the Warriors would probably wish to part with, however, as he seemed to be slowly phased out of the offense in 2013.
A deal is clearly not locked in just yet, but Golden State is getting awfully close to making this thing happen. Playing for the Warriors would get Love back in California (which he’s rumored to be interested in), while he also may have interest in playing with Stephen Curry and under rookie head coach Steve Kerr.
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