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:
Ws could’ve dealt HBarnes to Orl for Arron Afflalo + future 1st, source says. Passed. AA would’ve eased losing Klay in KLove deal.
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 6, 2014
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.
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