Would a Kevin Love trade be a franchise defining moment for the Warriors?
A perplexing question that the Warriors have surely answered a few weeks ago — and may have started to ask themselves some more — is Love a defining moment in Warriors franchise history, can he be?
If I’m the Warriors, at the very first thought of acquiring Kevin Love, my answer is, “Yes, trading for Love is a franchise defining moment.”
Trading for Love immediately sends the signal of “We Want to Win NOW!”
Now, is Kevin Love a 1956 Boston Celtics trade that can make history? Certainly not. However, what I can best come up with is the 2007 Boston Celtics trade, the Kevin Garnett trade. Back then I would wager that the Timberwolves actually received a lot more than they are receiving if they were to trade Love today. Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, and Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract is a way better package than what the Cavaliers and Warriors are offering today.
My personal thoughts on why teams aren’t offering everything is simple: they know Love is leaving anyway. So why trade everything you have for a guy you can just wait a year for?
Garnett, along with Allen, won a ring their very first year in Boston in 2007. I’m not saying the Warriors would win a championship with Love the first year. What I am saying is that the culture would immediately change to win now. Not just, “Let’s make some noise in the playoffs.” Let’s win and win now, especially if the Warriors are able to keep Klay Thompson.
Before the 2007 Minnesota-Boston trade, Boston was at rock bottom. Doc Rivers was getting booed, and although the Celtics had experienced the playoffs a few years earlier, they hadn’t won a championship since 1986.
The 2007 Minnesota-Boston trade set the tone of We Want to Win NOW! Just like this 2014 Golden State- Minnesota trade can do the exact same thing. These trades were and can be franchise defining.
The Warriors haven’t won a championship since 1975.