@sam_amick: Has Klay Thompson killed Kevin Love-Warriors trade?

Thompson is only part of this complicated process, but the reality remains that this Warriors management team that has talked so often in recent years about doing anything necessary to win a championship still has a prime chance to land one of the few available players who could help get that done. Which is why the Warriors' quandary one that is being deemed dead now but will likely be miraculously revived by tomorrow is so fascinating at the moment.

The Timberwolves clearly covet Thompson and are well aware of the financial implications of the Warriors holding onto him beyond next season. It's the driving force of their hope that Golden State will relent on this front, the idea that keeping him after his rookie contract expires next summer while somehow landing Love in the process means the Warriors' payroll would be somewhere between painful and untenable.

That part remains unclear, and it's impossible to assess without knowing every last detail of the other offers in front of Minnesota President and head coach Flip Saunders. (The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are believed to be on their short list as well.) But if the Warriors were indeed so hell-bent on keeping Thompson, they could (and may have) offered forward David Lee, small forwards Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes and the first-rounder and feel as if that's about as good as it will get for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota has been sending mixed messages along the way here, telling some teams that they feel no pressing need to move Love until the February trade deadline while offering other indications that he'll be outbound by Friday morning. But "dead" is a different kind of term in the NBA, where front-office possums are so prevalent. Don't be surprised if this Golden State-Minnesota situation is the latest reminder that even the most lifeless of trade talks weren't so dead after all.
Posted by: Shamrock (512) on 14-06-23 18:10:24 | Advertiser

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