For Kevin Love, Warriors must part with Klay Thompson

For Kevin Love, Warriors must part with Klay Thompson
May 20, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Only a day ago John Wall could be heard comparing the Wizards' backcourt to that of the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Tuesday, there's chatter that the Warriors have interest in acquiring Kevin Love via trade but might have to ship Thompson to get it done. 

Not so fast, according to Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group: 

"Ideally, the Warriors could pull it off with a package of (David) Lee, forward Harrison Barnes and the 2015 draft pick. That's probably the best the Warriors could offer.

"A team source said the Warriors don't want to give up Klay Thompson to land Love. Draymond Green doesn't make enough to impact the trade financially. That leaves Barnes, whom the Warriors stuck by during his sophomore slump."

Should the Warriors offer Thompson to make it work? I would. Love is a versatile power forward who can cover a lot of bases, and if it means the team can unload Lee's contract that pays him $30 million the next two seasons that's a side benefit. 

Finding a replacement for Thompson wouldn't be easy, and it puts the Warriors in the market for a perimeter player to pair with Curry. Still, that type of player is easier to find in free agency, or the draft, than a player the caliber of Love. 

And, of course, if such a deal is consummated there'd be no debate as Wall and Bradley Beal would stand alone among NBA backcourts.