Mar 18, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives in against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors News Flash: Wild Trade Rumors Abound

It’s a wild Sunday offseason night in the NBA, with rumors about LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony flooding the Twittersphere.

Meanwhile, we here in the bay are stuck with…well, preparing for Warriors’ summer league action (exciting, I know!). The Kevin Love trade talks have apparently come to a standstill, and the Warriors’ biggest free agent splash has likely already been made in signing Shaun Livingston.

But the lack of action in the Warriors’ front office doesn’t stop reporters from spreading rumors on Twitter — rumors that make little to no sense even to the casual fan.

First, here’s Ric Bucher, who reports the Warriors could have traded Harrison Barnes to the Magic for Aaron Afflalo and a first round pick:

I have a very hard time believing the Warriors would turn down this trade, unless they really think Barnes will develop into a special talent. In fact, I think the Warriors would take it if Barnes could become as good as Afflalo is now one day.

Afflalo started 73 games and averaged 18.2 for the Magic last season. To acquire him straight up for Barnes would have been a great deal for the Warriors, let alone Orlando throwing in a first round pick. The Magic ended up trading Afflalo to the Nuggets for Evan Fournier and a second round pick.

I really hope the report isn’t true, because the Warriors turned down a golden opportunity to add a much-needed scorer off the bench or even allow them to trade Klay Thompson in a Kevin Love deal, as Bucher mentioned.

The second rumor comes from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who said on Sportscenter that the Warriors actually offered the Timberwolves Thompson, Barnes, and David Lee for Love and the 13th overall selection before the NBA draft, but Minnesota declined.

I highly doubt this rumor as well because other credible reports since the draft have indicated that the Warriors are adamant in keeping Thompson and are not interested in trading him for Love. Also, there’s no way another team can offer a better package for Love, and if the Timberwolves declined that trade proposal, then the Warriors might as well as just give up, because they can’t do much better besides throw in Stephen Curry into the deal.

So there you have it: two trade rumors that are likely just that — rumors.

Tags: Golden State Warriors

  • 510 Sports

    Afflalo will be 29 when the season starts, a good 7 years older than Barnes. He also takes up double the cap space this year and has a player option in 2015, when Barnes will still be on his cheap rookie deal. Barnes was badly misused last year and is at a low point in trade value.

  • benbrung

    I think the last Stephen A. rumor is actually plausible. There were reports that the W’s had initially expressed a willingness to include Thompson before the management team developed a split. Kawakami was the first person I saw report on the split and he wrote that the team objected to the inclusion of BOTH Thompson AND Martin. It’s definitely feasible that Flip balked at a trade that would have cost him a draft pick and an opportunity to dump Martin’s obscene contract. It was only after the market for Love appeared to be drying up that he said he might be willing to keep Martin.