Since purchasing the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob has not been shy about making moves. He traded for Andrew Bogut. He signed Andre Iguodala. He fired Mark Jackson after the Warriors’ best season in 15 years.
Now the table has turned to Kevin Love. The Warriors have been linked for weeks to Kevin Love. The Timberwolves have not been shy about shopping Love and though they have said publicly they have no plan for trading him, everyone and their blind grandmother can see the writing on the wall.
The Warriors want Kevin Love. But two days ago, reports came out that the Warriors organization was at an impasse. Ric Bucher recently reported that a deal for Kevin Love was unlikely to be done before the NBA draft this Thursday evening.
That’s not surprising and realistically if Love is available past the draft, then the Warriors trade package is much sweeter. Once the draft occurs, the Warriors can trade their 2015 first round pick thanks to the NBA’s draft pick rules.
If that happens then a trade that would send Klay Thompson and David Lee to the Wolves for Love, Kevin Martin, and J.J. Barea would be an ideal trade. Though giving up Thompson would hurt the Warriors, Martin can shoot and is a quality NBA shooting guard. Barea also would fix the Warriors backup point guard situation.
Barea went crazy during the 2011 NBA Finals and as a result, earned himself a boatload of money with the Timberwolves. But upon arriving in Minnesota, Barea has not played up to his contract. The Warriors have a need at backup point guard. Jordan Crawford struggled to run he second team and Steve Blake is an unrestricted free agent who has little upside. Barea would provide the Warriors with constant energy and playmaking abilities that would help the Warriors second unit thrive.
If the Warriors could keep Thompson and give up Barnes, then any possible haul along with Love would be worth it. Chase Budinger and Corey Brewer both have multi-year contracts at $5 million per year and seem to be logical fits on the Warriors roster. Brewer is a good perimeter defender but is limited offensively. Budinger has shown flashes that could make him a viable starting small forward in the NBA, but his career has been riddle by injuries and inconsistent play.
In any scenario Love is the main attraction. Barea, Budinger, Brewer, or any other Wolve is merely a quality supplementary piece to the trade.