Report: Warriors still won't include Klay Thompson in Kevin Love deal

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reportedly doesn't want to lose Klay Thompson.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reportedly doesn't want to lose Klay Thompson. (USATSI)

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The Golden State Warriors still will not include Klay Thompson in any offers for Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

The story, as reported, has been pretty simple. The Wolves like Thompson, and the Warriors like Thompson. The Warriors would like to add arguably the best power forward in the league to their roster, but they will not be able to acquire arguably the best power forward in the league without surrendering Thompson. So, negotiations have been at a standstill.

The fact that LeBron James has chosen to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers changes things because of this:

Without James, the Cavaliers had a potential trade chip that Minnesota would be interested in -- No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins -- but Love would not have committed to staying in Cleveland, so a deal would have been too risky. Now, if the Cavs decide they are willing to give up Wiggins, there's a pretty logical trade scenario at play. You'd think that might make Golden State up its offer. It appears that might not be the case.

It should be noted that the Mercury News noted repeatedly that this was a "fluid" situation, meaning the Warriors could at any time decide to change their minds, regardless of how highly Steve Kerr thinks of Thompson. If they're serious about getting Love and becoming title contenders, they should probably reconsider their position.

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