As the calendar flips from July to August, the trade that Golden State Warriors fans have been waiting for will probably not happen.
It appears more and more likely that Kevin Love will be dealt to the Cavaliers, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, if he is traded at all. The belief is that this trade is “inevitable” and a matter of “when” instead of “if.” In fact, the Timberwolves are engaged with trade talks only with the Cavaliers.
The turning point appears to have been LeBron James signing with Cleveland, then pushing for them to acquire Love. The Cavaliers, obviously more than happy to comply, have been increasingly aggressive in their desire to get Love, dangling No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins into the offer.
No other team interested in Love can offer a player of Wiggins’ caliber — not the Bulls, and not the Warriors. Even if Golden State put Klay Thompson on the table — which they have not and likely will not — the Timberwolves would prefer Wiggins to Klay.
Stephen Curry put in his two cents on how he and Love could have coexisted, speaking to reporters in Las Vegas during Team USA’s training session:
“I know what kind of pick and roll game we probably could have had,” he told LetsGoWarriors.com. “It’s a waste of thoughts if nothing happens so I don’t really think about it.”
Curry has been a supporter of keeping Thompson, his fellow “Splash Brother.” And the way things are looking right now, I’d say those chances are extremely likely.