Report: Warriors willing to trade Thompson in Love deal

Report: Warriors willing to trade Thompson in Love deal
June 19, 2014, 2:30 pm

If the Celtics really, truly did have the best package available for Kevin Love, it may not be the case anymore.

Multiple reports state the Golden State Warriors have made shooting guard Klay Thompson available in a package to Minnesota for Love.

ESPN's Marc Stein was first to report the news, and shortly later, Chris Broussard had some more details.

Broussard writes that Golden State and Minnesota are discussing a deal that would send Klay Thompson and David Lee to Minnesota for Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, J.J. Barea, and the 13th pick. That's right, Minnesota would trade their pick to the Warriors.

Whether or not Minnesota bites depends on what they're really looking to do. Do Thompson and Lee really change anything over in Minnesota? Are those two players, surrounded by whoever is left after the trade, make Minnesota contenders? It's extremely hard to believe in a packed Western Conference right now. It may put a few more people in the seats, but it won't make a non-playoff team like the T-Wolves were this year into a contender, and trading a draft pick away certainly doesn't help things in the future (not that Minnesota drafts well anyways...).

If Minnesota is thinking longterm, they would still consider the Celtics offer - presumably stacked with picks, a young player or two, and salary relief. Sure, they'd fall even further in the standings next season, but the future would still look a lot brighter.

The Warriors adding Thompson to their offer certainly makes it more enticing, but it doesn't shut the door on a potential deal with the Celtics.

And who knows, if Joel Embiid slips far enough, maybe Boston can sell Minnesota on him, too.