A day wouldn’t be complete in the world of the Golden State Warriors without them being linked to one player or another.
For the past few weeks, it’s been Kevin Love. And by extension of a potential trade for Love from the Timberwolves, rumors are now coming out about the Warriors’ interest in Chandler Parsons and….yes, LeBron James.
Since the latter is nothing but a pipe dream, we’ll start with Parsons. Chris Broussard of ESPN dropped a note linking the Warriors to Parsons in this article chronicling five possible destinations for James. The Rockets are one team on that list, and in order to clear space for LeBron, they will need to trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Lin is due to make an astounding $15 million next season, but the Warriors may be willing to absolve that contract if they can get Parsons along with him. The Warriors have a trade exception worth almost $10 million that they can use to facilitate this deal.
Essentially, they would be helping the Rockets clear cap space to sign LeBron James, which could be counterproductive because they may be looking into signing James themselves. ESPN’s Chad Ford went on a Los Angeles radio station today and said the Warriors may be able to lure James if they can trade for Love.
Here’s Ford (via Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group):
At the end of the day, I don’t think there’s a better Kevin Love deal for the Wolves than what the Warriors can offer, and I think the Warriors are very motivated to get Kevin Love in part I think not just because he’s an upgrade over David Lee, but in part because I think that now that you can have a Steph Curry and you have a Kevin Love, I think they feel at that point that they could be credible suitors for LeBron James.
Notice the high amount of “I thinks” that Ford says. This could be more or less just one of his conjectures, but of course the Warriors would be interested in signing James, and so are 30 other teams. It would take a lot of work for the Warriors to acquire James — first trade for Love, then cap space and convince the Heat to do a sign-and-trade — all of which would also be dependent on LeBron wanting to come to Golden State. I recommend this piece by Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News for more on the Warriors’ challenges if they want to sign James.
The Parsons rumor sounds more plausible right now. If the Warriors do acquire Love and send Klay Thompson to Minnesota, they could be looking at Parsons as Thompson’s replacement. Additionally, despite his insanely large contract, Lin is the capable backup point guard that the Warriors are looking for. Plus, Lin’s contract expires after next season.