The on-again, off-again trade talks between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves surrounding Kevin Love are back on again, according to multiple reports.
The Associated Press originally reported that the trade talks were “restarted,” and that Warriors GM Bob Myers has been talking with Timberwolves’ president Flip Saunders during summer league. ESPN’s Marc Stein adds on that Joe Lacob and Glen Taylor, the owners of the two teams, have also kept in contact.
The deal still hinges on the Warriors’ unwillingness to part with Klay Thompson, and according to Stein’s sources, the trade would have been completed by now if Thompson was included.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Thompson to tell him not worry about trade rumors.
“I’m a big fan,” Kerr said of Thompson to the Bay Area News Group. “Especially the way we’re going to play — a lot of cutting, slashing — and with Steph (Curry) and Klay coming off curls and stuff.”
There is no telling how long this drags on. It seems as if the only way a deal gets done in the foreseeable future is if one team relents; either the Warriors give up Thompson or the Timberwolves accept a lesser package from the Warriors.
However, the Warriors may feel a little more pressure to get something done considering the Cavaliers have suddenly become contenders for Love’s services after signing LeBron James. Cleveland, however, is in a similar situation to the Warriors in that they are unwilling to give up a valuable asset in Andrew Wiggins, who Minnesota is reportedly demanding.