You would think that with LeBron James going to Cleveland and the Cavaliers becoming major players in the trade market for one Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors would go all in and offer whatever it takes to acquire Love from the Timberwolves.
But no — according to Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors are still withholding Klay Thompson from the Love trade talks. Thompson, as it has been widely reported, is the sticking point in a potential deal that would bring Love to the Warriors.
Why are the Warriors so stubborn on not giving up Thompson? They realize how important the two-guard is to the team, how he truly is a two-way player with superb shooting ability and stellar defensive play. They know that he masks Stephen Curry on defense to a large extent; Thompson usually guards the tougher assignment, letting Curry rest and not become exposed on the defensive side of the ball.
Also, Steve Kerr‘s opinion may be factoring into the Warriors’ mindset. From Kawikami:
Sources indicated that new coach Steve Kerr likes the Warriors’ current roster and wants to see the group play together in his system, and most especially he wants to see Thompson pair with Stephen Curry in the back court.
When Kerr spoke to the media earlier this week, he echoed that sentiment.
“I like our roster,” Kerr said, via Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News. “I feel like this team won 51 games last year, so I don’t feel the need to make dramatic changes. This is more about tweaks and trying to get a little better and just trying to continue the upward trend that the team’s been on the last couple of years.”
So while the Cavaliers may have become the new frontrunners to land Kevin Love, the Warriors aren’t getting desperate and throwing everything at the Timberwolves to better the Cavs’ offer. In fact, we haven’t heard anything linking the Warriors to Love in recent weeks, and if Golden State still holds out on Thompson, things may stay that way.