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Steve Kerr, Jerry West Opposed To Trading Klay Thompson For Kevin Love

It’s a hot debate right now, and evidently, it’s one that even the Golden State Warriors can’t seem to agree on.

Would you deal Klay Thompson and a first round pick in a trade that would net you Kevin Love? Some say yes, while others, namely head coach Steve Kerr and adviser Jerry West, say no, as detailed in this ESPN report. 

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelbourne, trade talks have stalled between the Warriors and Timberwolves, although they had been picking up steam leading up to the NBA draft. There is apparently an “organizational split” between whether to include Thompson in the deal.

Why is Kerr opposed to trading Thompson?

Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News:

I’ve heard that Steve Kerr absolutely wants to coach the Curry/Thompson back court… he’s a fan of getting Love, of course, but it’s the idea of getting Love without giving up Thompson that really excites the Warriors’ decision-makers. If that’s possible.

It’s no surprise the Warriors are wary of trading Thompson. He averaged 18.4 points per game and shot 41.7 percent from three-point range last season, and has also turned into a superb defender. He complements Stephen Curry very well, and trading him would be a big risk, even if it would  net a player of Love’s caliber.

A report Saturday morning indicated there may be a three-team deal in the works, as the Lakers are offering to take Thompson and send the seventh overall pick to the Timberwolves to facilitate Love going to the Warriors.

But ultimately, that would still involve the Warriors giving up Thompson, which, as it appears now, they do not want to do.


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