Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) attempts a shot defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson, Wiggins both on table in trade for Love (or are they?)


Thursday was an interesting day.

Cleveland apparently decided to put Andrew Wiggins on the table in a potential trade for Kevin Love, and later in the day, reports surfaced that Klay Thompson was made available by the Golden State Warriors. Unless it’s all false.

Before midnight Central Time, a pair of reputable local reporters, one Minneapolis-based and one Bay Area-based, refuted both the Wiggins and Thompson reports.

Ah, the smell of negotiations and alleged leverage in the morning. Things seem to be heating up. And this all comes on the heels of Wolves’ owner Glen Taylor’s appearance on NBATV during the Summer League in which he stated that his strong preference would be for his superstar power forward to attend training camp and play for a season under new/old head coach Flip Saunders.

Ultimately, whether Golden State and/or Cleveland have actually caved at this point in time, they will soon. Love is simply too good and provides the opportunity that every team is chasing — true contender status. It would be asinine for either organization to pass on acquiring a legitimate superstar talent in order to hang onto a non-star.

Of course, ol’ Flip has to cave, too. It’s not even obvious that he’ll jump at the chance to acquire Thompson or Wiggins, just that he’s been perfectly clear that a Love trade won’t happen if neither piece is included in the respective offers. He wants to win, as does Taylor, and Love provides the absolute best opportunity to do so.

There should be more smoke, if not more fire, today. Stay tuned.

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  • Richard Truong

    It’s just smoke so T-Wolves to max trade value for him, both teams know this, with the salary cap, the Cavs have to dump a lot of salary to get Love. It will result in giving up Wiggins, Waiters, Thompson and Bennett. That’s good talent to give up for 1 player. The Dubs already have salary with David Lee and Harrison Barnes to do the deal with a 2015 first rd pick as the sweetener. At the end, he’ll likely be traded to the Dubs or be leaving the Wolves in offseason.