NBA Trade Talk: Warriors willing to include Klay Thompson in Kevin Love trade package

Klay Thompson

Reports have surfaced that the Golden State Warriors have reversed their position on trading Klay Thompson

The Kevin Love saga whirls on. Last night reports began to emerge that a potential trade package of the Golden State Warriors’ David Lee and Klay Thompson could be sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return for Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, JJ Barea and the Timberwolves 13th pick in this years draft.

This report comes weeks after it was rumoured that the Warriors were not willing to include Thompson in a deal for Love.

Perhaps Golden State were spurred on by reports that the Denver Nuggets had entered the race for Love, offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and a future player to be acquired (Arron Afflalo). No matter why the Warriors have changed their mind, this potential offer places them right back at the front of the pack chasing Love’s talents.

Klay Thompson is an extremely enticing trade chip as one of the best young guards in the league. Coming off of his third year in the league, Thompson averaged a career high 18.4 points per game while reinforcing his reputation as one of the best three-point shooters in the league by drilling 41.7% of his 6.6 attempts from deep per game.

Thompson is also a fantastic perimeter defender and would fit seamlessly into Minnesota’s starting 5. One can just imagine Ricky Rubio dishing to Thompson at any and every point along the three-point line.

At this point Thompson and Lee probably represent the best value in return for Love. Potential offers from Boston, Chicago and Houston can’t match up to one All-Star and one potential future All-Star.

It does, however, involve giving up an awful lot. Losing Barea won’t the Timberwolves that much but seeing Martin and their 13th pick walk out of the door as well may be too tough for the Timberwolves. If the Wolves could find a way to keep their draft pick, one could easily see them taking this deal before the Warriors change their mind.