Report: Lakers would help Warriors land Love

Report: Lakers would help Warriors land Love
June 21, 2014, 11:15 am
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UPDATE, 12:04 P.M.: ESPN is reporting the Warriors are torn over including Klay Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love:

What is being described as an “organizational split” on the willingness to part with prized shooting guard Klay Thompson has led to an impasse in the Golden State Warriors’ trade pursuit of All-Star forward Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.

After it appeared that the Warriors were prepared to part with Thompson in a deal to land Minnesota’s Love, sources told that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr have 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.

Others in the Warriors’ organization are said to be willing to surrender Thompson if it means landing Love, who is widely regarded as the marquee name on this offseason’s trade market. But sources say the talks, which were gathering momentum in advance of the upcoming NBA Draft, have stalled.

Another day, another Kevin Love rumor. This one has the Celtics' arch-rival, the Los Angeles Lakers, involved. But don't worry, they're not getting Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then again, neither are the Celtics if this one is to be believed.

A Los Angeles Times report has the Lakers dangling the No. 7 pick in the draft this Thursday in exchange for Golden State's Klay Thompson, with that pick then being flipped to the Timberwolves as Love would theoretically end up with the Warriors.

More from Brent Pollakoff of's Pro Basketball Talk:

Minnesota isn’t necessarily in any rush to trade Love, and the franchise will want to make sure it gets some reasonable assets in return for dealing its best player. But it’s unclear if Thompson is even desirable for the Timberwolves, because if he continues to play at his current level, he’ll be in line for a monster contract when he hits restricted free agency the season after next, and Minnesota would surely need to add additional pieces in order to compete out West.