The Kevin Love-to-Warriors deal that was once thought dead over the weekend, might be revived according to an ESPN report.
Marc Stein reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State are continuing to talk about a Love deal, but the odds of it happening tonight on draft night are slim. An earlier ESPN report cited an organizational split with the Warriors over including guard Klay Thompson in the deal. Stein also reports that the Denver Nuggets are in the Love Derby.
The Love-to-the-Celtics rumors, fueled by a visit by the T'Wolves big man to Boston the last weekend in May, have cooled.
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The Wolves have been adamant that Thompson be included in the trade, but the Warriors' pursuit has been stalled by what ESPN.com reported last weekend has been described as an "organizational split" on the willingness to part with Thompson.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors, though, remain determined to acquire Love, not only because of their well-chronicled desire to add an elite floor-spreading power forward but also because management believes that a Stephen Curry/Love duo would get the attention of LeBron James as James weighs whether to re-sign with the Miami Heat or try to force a sign-and-trade elsewhere.
The Denver Nuggets, sources say, also have remained in the hunt for the Love, despite the fact that the All-Star forward is believed to be unwilling to make a long-term commitment to the Nuggets. Love's determination to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015 is the force that has thrust him onto the trade market this month, forcing the Wolves to field offers for their best player despite their preference not to move him.
After it appeared last week that the Warriors were prepared to part with Thompson in order to land Love, sources told ESPN.com that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves, along with former All-Star forward David Lee, for Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.