Reports: Warriors-Wolves trade talks are cut off
Trade talks between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves involving power forward Kevin Love are dead, according to multiple reports.
The Timberwolves wanted the Warriors to give up shooting guard Klay Thompson and small forward Harrison Barnes for Love, according to Yahoo Sports, but the Warriors are divided as an organization about dealing Thompson.
One reported discussion included the Los Angeles Lakers sending the No. 7 draft pick to the Warriors for Thompson. The Warriors would then send that pick to the Timberwolves for Love.
ESPN.com reported Saturday that the proposed deal also involved the Warriors sending power forward David Lee to the Timberwolves for guard Kevin Martin.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers were interested in the deal but the Warriors are uneasy about splitting up their starting backcourt of Stephen Curry and Thompson — even to get Love.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors did not agree with any of the Timberwolves’ proposals and do not want to part with Thompson.
ESPN.com reported that Warriors coach Steve Kerr and consultant Jerry West were against the Timberwolves’ latest proposal, creating a difference of opinion within the organization.
Golden State general manager Bob Myers said Friday that a trade is not likely to be made by July 1.
The Timberwolves are not anxious to trade Love, who can opt out of his contract at the end of next season and become a free agent. However, they are listening to offers so they can get compensation for Love before he opts out.
In 77 games last season, Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists.