Report: Warriors Believe Trading For Kevin Love Could Lure LeBron James

by NESN Staff

June 26, 2014

LeBron James, Michael SmithThe Golden State Warriors have not given up their pursuit of Kevin Love, believing the All-Star power forward would be the perfect complement to point guard Stephen Curry.

But should the Warriors succeed in acquiring Love, it could be only the second-biggest move they make this summer.

The Warriors have resumed trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Thursday, citing sources. Including Klay Thompson in the deal remains a sticking point for Golden State, Stein wrote, although there appears to be a split within the Warriors’ organization over whether making Thompson untouchable is worth scuttling the deal.

Then there is this:

“(Warriors) management believes that a Stephen Curry/Love duo would get the attention of LeBron James as James weighs whether to re-sign with the Miami Heat or try to force a sign-and-trade elsewhere,” Stein writes.

If this is true, the Warriors’ refusal to include Thompson in a trade for Love must be merely posturing. Thompson is a nice defender and a knockdown shooter, but refusing to trade him would be foolish if it means not just losing out on Love but losing a chance at James.

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