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NBA Rumors: Warriors Hesitant To Part With Klay Thompson In Love Trade Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="292"] The 2014 NBA Draft is a mere five days away, which has put the rumor mill in full swing. With Kevin Love reportedly intent on making [new_royalslider id="292"] The 2014 NBA Draft is a mere five days away, which has put the rumor mill in full swing. With Kevin Love reportedly intent on making Rating: 0
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NBA Rumors: Warriors Hesitant To Part With Klay Thompson In Love Trade

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The 2014 NBA Draft is a mere five days away, which has put the rumor mill in full swing. With Kevin Love reportedly intent on making his way out of Minnesota come 2015 when he’s eligible to become a free agent, the Timberwolves are rumored to have engaged in trade talks for their All-Star power forward.

Courtesy of Klay Thompson’s father and former Los Angeles Laker, Mychal, rumors of a potential Love trade to the Golden State Warriors gained some traction. As stated by Mychal, the Warriors would send Thompson, David Lee and a future first round draft pick in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin.

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However, according to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, the Warriors do not intend on including Thompson in any deal:

The first stumbling block: The Warriors are making it clear to everyone in the league, including Minnesota president Flip Saunders, that they very much do not want to part with Klay Thompson, the key part of any Minnesota demand.

Furthermore, the Warriors also have no desire to take back Martin and his contract:

Second big stumbling block: The Warriors have zero desire to take back expensive, no-defense shooting guard Kevin Martin in the deal, the source said.

In place of Thompson, Kawakami reports the Warriors instead wish to center their offer around Harrison Barnes and Lee. Adding another wrinkle to any potential deal between the Timberwolves and Warriors is the Lakers attempting to lure the Warriors with their No. 7 pick in exchange for Thompson.

The Lakers involvement, according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times, would be as part of a three-team trade that would help facilitate a Love to Warriors trade. While the Lakers have held recent workouts for draft prospects, some of which returned for a second look, they appear to also be actively pursuing trades for their first-round pick.

Love is also considered to be a player the Lakers are interested in acquiring and while being involved in a trade in which they don’t land him isn’t an ideal scenario, the hope could be he still enters the free agent market in the summer of 2015 and eventually makes his way to Los Angeles.
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  • independentbynature

    I would trade the 7th pick for Klay Thompson in a heartbeat.Maybe quicker……

    • Robert Perez

      Yup….

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Exactly i do that trade in 7 seconds or less lol.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      You are one Smart Lakers Fan.Congrats my Lakers brother.Go Lakers!

    • comrade24

      the MCW/Young deal is much better for us.

      • Badazztj12

        yup because PG and SF/PF are our main positions we need to fill

      • Jim213

        Agree, MCW for Nash while swapping picks once a player has been drafted forcing the 76ers to acquire a PG tho the deal would depend in Exum being around the 3rd pick IMO. Also buy one of the 76ers early 2nd rnd picks.

        • comrade24

          I can’t see Cleveland or Milwaukee taking Exum before Parker/Wiggins.

          • Jim213

            Hear rumors that Magic and Jazz are interested in moving up given Embiid’s injury.

          • J Taylor

            Now the top 4 draftees seem to be:
            Tier 1) Wiggins, Parker, Smart, Vonleh.
            Tier 2) Exum, Embiid, Gordon, Randle
            Tier 3) Everyone Else.

          • Jim213

            Celtics won’t pass on Embiid especially since they have another 1st rounder but Exum will go no less than 4th IMO. Disagree as better available than some within tiers 1 and 2.

          • comrade24

            I have a feeling it will go:

            1/2 Parker/Wiggins (either order)
            3. Exum
            4. Smart

    • vdogg

      WHY??? we already have a SG! we need a PG and front court players.

      • independentbynature

        Because he’s way better than anyone we could get in this draft.Because we need upgrades across the board.2′s and 3′s are inter-changeable.That’s why.If we used the pick,it would be for best player,not position of need.That’s not how it works.

        • vdogg

          the lakers need a PG. elfrid payton is the way to go. we have to stop giving picks away. and thompson is not “way better” than anyone we could get in this draft. sorry.

          • independentbynature

            I couldn’t disagree more.There are no young,proven,deadly shooting,18+ ppg. scorers available in this draft with the 7th pick.Payton will go MUCH later than the 7th pick.It’s really a no-brainer.Not even close.Every GM in the league would do this trade.I guarantee it,vdogg.That’s why the Dubs are hesitant to trade him.Even though he will command a max contract very soon and the Dubs can’t afford it.The dubs should only do it if they have to to acquire Love.Jerry West doesn’t want to do it.Sorry,I think I’ll go with the “logo’s” assessment of the situation over yours.I feel pretty good about agreeing with West.

          • vdogg

            you’re wrong, but from what i hear the trade is not gonna happen anyway — thank god — so it’s a moot point.

          • independentbynature

            Probably true.West won’t let them make this mistake.Still,it’s hard to believe you don’t understand Thompson’s talent.You’ve always seemed to be more savvy before.No offense,but it really is a no-brainer.

          • vdogg

            it’s no knock on klay — he is a nice player and his dad would of course be thrilled — but there are a couple of very good PG talents in this draft that the lakers could acquire. the west is loaded with stud PGs and the lakers need one of their own!

          • independentbynature

            They don’t need a rookie over a proven star.I’d rather have a veteran pg.,anyway.

          • vdogg

            there are proven SFs out there too that the lakers could sign this offseason. in fact, there are far more proven SFs out there this free agency period than their are PGs. you really want to overpay for eric bledsoe? kyle lowry? i would rather have a rookie PG who can learn from nash for a year and a stud SF.

          • independentbynature

            There are no wings out there with Thompson’s upside and proven ability to knock down 3′s that the Lakers could obtain.Rookies are always a gamble.Go for the sure thing.I would take Lowry over any pg in this draft.And yes,I have no problem with the Lakers overpaying him.It’s not my money and I have no sympathy for the super-rich.LOL.

          • vdogg

            thompson can drain it, but to be honest i don’t see a huge upside with him. he doesn’t drive it to the basket much.. he likely is what he is going to be — a great shooter and solid defender. i would rather take a risk on a rookie who could turn out to be franchise changing talent. i think lowry would be a mistake, personally. we’ll see what happens.

          • independentbynature

            I think that Thompson has shown he can get to the hoop when he needs to.And he’s young.He will get better.I like what Lowry did in Toronto,too..And really,unless Embiid falls to us( the damn Celtics would never let that happen),there is no franchise changing talent in this draft but Wiggins.It’s all speculation,though.I gotta go now.Good debate,though.Have a good one.Go Lakers !!!

          • vdogg

            oh, and payton is not going to go much later than seven. you’ll see.

          • independentbynature

            We’ll see.I stand by my assessment.You can rub it in if I’m wrong.

          • vdogg

            unlike 99.9% of the people on here, i’m not into the whole ‘i told you so’ thing. we’re both lakers fans. i just want what’s best for the squad. there are plenty of SFs to be had via free agency. and besides, the salary cap is increasing by a few million as well.

          • independentbynature

            I’ll admit it if I’m wrong.No problem.I’m not wrong about about Thompson,though.He’s a sure thing.

  • jeremy

    not surprise about this since Thompson a very good player. if they want love they got to trade good players. this isnt the past where you can get something for nothing. like getting pau for alot of nothing

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Absolutely you must give something good to get something good.It’s not 1970′s anymore where you could pay cash and get George Gervin or get some weird franchise tag on a free agent and turn Goodrich into Magic Johnson or get James Worthy for scraps in a trade with the Cavs or steal Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac those days are long gone.This is the new NBA and the Lakers FO is going in the right direction with a move like this IMO.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    NBA Legion @MySportsLegion · 34m
    Updated blockbuster talk: Lakers get: Klay Thompson. Warriors Get: Kevin Love, Kevin Martin. T-Wolves Get: David Lee, Lakers 7th pick.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    NBA Legion @MySportsLegion · 30m
    How so? What guy at pick #7 is better than Klay Thompson? RT –> @MVPalazzolla thats literally the dumbest move the lakers could ever do

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes Klay Thompson is the guy when i heard that name it was a instant celebration.

  • Richard

    Who ever the Lakers get, I just pray/hope/want the Lakers to get the right talents and skills at every position to provide the highest level of individual and team chemistry now and in the future. To enable them to compete at the highest possible level against every other NBA team. Every player they get or keep, should be viewed as a important piece to the puzzle and goal to win their next NBA championship as soon as possible. Do You Agree?

    • jeremy

      the goal of every NBA team

    • LakersHeatBeef

      It’s all about championships for me as a Lakers fan.Championship or bust.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Klay Thompson scores 38 as Warriors trounce Lakers

    Yes i remember that game clearly a October 30 2014 game and he tore the Lakers up in 3 quarters of play.Klay Thompson scored 38 points in 31 minutes hot damn.I came on here and said that was one of the best performances i have ever seen and that we could not beat them with Klay destroying the team like that.

  • Andy L

    Why did they disable the comments for the George Karl article? Too much hatred against him? That would be understandable… >8-D

  • Michael Hilton

    NO we don’t need Klay Thompson,we have Kobe.What we need to do is draft a stud rookie that is willing to work hard and develop into a all star.We need a cheap rookie contract with this draft pick,the seventh pick could be better than expected as Joel Embiid is slipping like a person on a slippery slide.Keep the pick no matter.

  • Michael Hilton

    Please just keep the pick.Mitch better not mess this up.NO TO KLAY THOMPSON!

  • dencio

    # 7 & Nash for Thaddy and #10. Call me nuts but I like Elfrid Payton’s potential over MCW.

    • vdogg

      agreed, but payton is not going to be there at 10.

      • J Taylor

        Are you sure?
        He’s an upstart in a very mediocre conference, and in a draft deep with PG’s. To me, #10 seems a bit high.

        • vdogg

          i know, but he has been killing it in workouts. he is going in the single digits, mark my words.

  • J Taylor

    So basically, GS needs the Lakers #7 pick to get Love… but in the process, sends out their 1st, D.Lee (SG), and K.Thompsion(PF) for Love.

    First, that should REDUCE GS scoring.
    Second, why would Love want to join a team with only HIMSELF, Curry and Igoudala and no young talent to groom?

    IF GS does it, I’d be ecstatic, but I’m not holding my breath. – I like that Mitch is fishing and throwing a bunch of high return trades onto the market. (GS, 76′ers, etc).

  • vdogg

    the lakers should keep the pick and shoot for acquiring a SF in free agency. there will be plenty of them available — lebron (long shot, but still), melo (same), gay, parsons, hayward. trading the pick for klay makes no sense.

  • Kb24

    Monroe,meeks,2019,2021 picks for love,martin(amn)! Swap marshall for payton(gsw pick),draft embiid at 7
    7th pick:embiid,smart,randle,gordon,vonleh

  • Kb24

    If cavs keep pick parker is the 1st if traded to philly its wiggins
    Cavs parker
    Mil parker
    Phi exum
    Orl vonleh
    Jazz randle
    Cel smart(will trade rondo if they dont land love),embiid or gordon(reports says)
    Lal embiid(best talent),smart(pg stopper),randle(best backup for love,most nba ready with parker),

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