The Warriors are reportedly unlikely to part with swingman Klay Thompson in a possible deal that would allow the team to land Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love, according to Marcus Thompson III of the San Jose Mercury News.
Golden State would likely need to construct a trade that centers on power forward David Lee in order to make it work financially. Lee is owed $15 million next year while Love, who turns 26 before next season, is set to make $15.7 million in the final year of his contract.
Other pieces would need to be added to make the deal work from a talent perspective for Minnesota, whether it be Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes or Thompson. According to a Warriors team source, the front office is unwilling to part with Thompson, who could be one of the key pieces for the Timberwolves. Other teams rumored to be interested in Love's services are the Knicks, Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Rockets. Love has said he's not interested in going to another rebuilding situation, thus making the chances even slimmer for the Celtics, Knicks and Lakers in landing a marquee forward. The Timberwolves have said they have no intention of trading their franchise player and believe they can construct a team that will convince him to remain in Minnesota longterm.