Reports: Warriors, Nuggets offer up big names in pursuit of Kevin Love
Jun 19, 2014 at 11:01p ET
With the NBA Draft now less than one week away, and with the latest injury to presumed No. 1 pick Joel Embiid potentially throwing the top of draft boards into chaos, reports of potential big-name deals are heating up.
Love's presence in the trade rumor mill is nothing new — he has been the subject of trade speculation for years. But with Love eligible to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after next season, and teams ramping up efforts to position themselves for the draft and for next season, Thursday brought with it a new wrinkle in the Love speculation.
The day began with reports from FOX Sports 1/Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski that Timberwolves president Flip Saunders was less than thrilled with offers made by Boston, Phoenix and Chicago. Additionally, the Boston Herald reported that both Denver and Golden State, with younger, more attractive trade pieces, could be the most likely potential suitors.
And as the day wore on, those exact trade pieces apparently came to light. Or did they?
First, the blockbuster:
ESPN sources say Golden State has indeed made Klay Thompson available to Wolves, greatly increasingly Warriors' hopes of getting Kevin Love— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2014
Can confirm the Warriors are willing to include Klay Thompson in Kevin Love talks w/ Minny. Story broken by his father on ESPN LA radio show— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 19, 2014
Love trade talk mostly surrounds Kevin Love & Kevin Martin for Klay Thompson & David Lee, source told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 19, 2014
Then, the hold your horses:
"No deal is close," league source involved in Minnesota-Golden State talks on Kevin Love tells Yahoo. "(Pieces) change all the time."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Then the counter:
Sources: Nuggets offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and 11th pick for Kevin Love and Kevin Martin— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 20, 2014
But of course, this is the NBA's version of the Hot Stove League, so take it all with appropriate grains of salt: