Warriors owner Joe Lacob says Dubs were never close to trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love in 2014
That offseason, the Warriors and Timberwolves reportedly discussed a trade which would have sent Thompson and a first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Love and guard Kevin Martin. Love was just coming off a season in which he averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds for Minnesota.
“That’s a very hard question for me to answer, because you won’t understand my answer,” Lacob told Sam Amick of The Athletic. “The answer is that it didn’t get very close at all. Even though it went on, there was a lot of discussion on and off and there were definitely different opinions in the organization.
“Like a lot of things, for months and months we discuss various things. When we’re talking about optionality going forward, we’re already talking about next year and we’ve got all these decisions to make. We have literally mapped out plans: If this happens, then what?; If this happens, then what? We talk about things for months on end. I mean frankly, it would drive you crazy.
“He’s KLAY THOMPSON. And we love him.”
The Timberwolves ended up trading Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Draft, which ended up being Andrew Wiggins. Thompson, meanwhile, has turned himself into one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and arguably the second-best shooter in league history behind his teammate, Stephen Curry.
The Warriors have won three championships with Thompson. Love won one title with the Cavs in 2016, ironically over Thompson and the Warriors.
Klay becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, but all signs point toward Golden State re-signing him.