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Latest News / Jun 23, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Reports: ‘Wolves-Warriors Kevin Love Deal Is “Dead”

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Kevin Love (Brad Rempel, USATODAY Sports)

And another theoretical trade bites the dust. Well, maybe. Multiple sources are reporting that the proposed deal between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors that would land Kevin Love in the Bay are “dead.”

The news is courtesy of Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher and the Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes. Just as important as the Wolves-Warriors deal being off the table is Holmes’ report that Klay Thompson is the means of its demise.

Anything is possible, but this seems like posturing from Golden State. After news broke that the Warriors included Thompson in their offer to Minnesota for Love, reports began circulating that their front office brass was split on completing the deal if the Timberwolves agreed to it. Thompson was the sticking point, and Holmes confirmed that thought today.

It just appears unrealistic that Golden State will ultimately refuse to part with Thompson if it means acquiring Love. Klay is a good player. He’s one of the best shooters in basketball, is a developing offensive threat in the post and off-the-dribble, and is one of the most underrated perimeter defenders in the league. But Love is unquestionably one of the top 10 players in the world. Pairing him with Steph Curry would make both players ever-dangerous, and their defensive issues would be masked by a supporting cast that includes stellar defenders Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, and Draymond Green.

As currently constructed, the Warriors have a chance to compete in the Western Conference; with Love in tow, they’d be among the favorites. That alone should be enough to lose Thompson in addition to Harrison Barnes, especially considering the likelihood that Love would sign with Golden State long-term.

The Warriors obviously have no reason to rush things, however, and a lack of a better trade package for the Timberwolves means this could ride out into the fall. Will a deal eventually get done? There’s no telling for sure, but news that talks between the teams have stalled for now certainly doesn’t mean they will be forever.

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  • 2cents

    I actually don’t see why having Love makes GSW that much better. They were missing post defense from Bogut in the playoffs (due to injury) and I think another year of playing together will only make the team more dangerous.

  • benbrung

    This is sloppy reporting. What the Warriors objected to was the inclusion of BOTH Thompson AND Kevin Martin. Because of Curry’s lack of size and quickness, he needs a back court mate with the size and quickness to cover the league’s point guards. Jerry West hand-selected Thompson to be that guy and the team’s 4th-ranked defense confirms his success. Thompson is not better than Love nor is he irreplaceable. But trying to replace him without having a single draft pick and with Martin’s criminally obscene contract (seriously, whose idea was that?) swallowing all of your cap space is a risky enough prospect to make it worth playing hardball. Especially for a team that MUST be better in the wake of firing a popular coach. A deal will work as long as Thompson and Martin end up on the same team.