Reports of Kevin Love trade rumors between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors appear to be premature. And outline of a trade goes like so: the T-Wolves receive Klay Thompson and David Lee in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin. The situation is apparently “fluid”, but there’s quite a bit of discussion about why Minnesota would make a move with that framework.
It feels off that Minnesota coach and president Flip Saunders wouldn’t want a chunk of a deal to involve draft picks, something the Warriors don’t exactly have. As if he’s acting before the newest collective bargaining agreement was signed in 2011, it seems wrong that he’d take on Lee’s deal that pays him more than $15 million this year and next.
But don’t take this as so set-in-stone. This is Minnesota feeling things out.
Still several teams pursuing Kevin Love who don’t believe Minnesota’s Flip Saunders is in a deal-making mode — yet.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Suns fans might hopefully believe that the Warriors deal is ludicrous, and that’s sort of fair. It does, however, offer reason to worry — if you want Love in purple and orange — that Phoenix won’t have the pieces to put a deal together. That the T-Wolves would discuss current players like Lee and Thompson means they could be more interested in current, proven players. That the Denver Nuggets are also apparently in the discussion by offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and, with another trade, Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo, says as much.
Sources: in addition to Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried, Denver offering Minnesota a player they would acquire (Arron Afflalo) for Love.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 19, 2014
The Nuggets might also offer their 11th pick rather than Afflalo, reports ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Phoenix doesn’t have anyone quite on Thompson’s level to trade. One-upping the Warriors in this case might theoretically mean a trade including Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe, the latter of whom would have to agree to a sign-and-trade to leave Phoenix for Minnesota (that would need to come during the free agent signing period, so the Timberwolves would have to hold off making a move on draft night).
If the two guards aren’t necessary to get a deal done, Markieff Morris would be an interesting player to throw on the trading block, and his talent and upside is along similar lines to a Faried deal. The Suns could also apprehensively include Alex Len or Archie Goodwin to any player package, of course. Without getting another team involved, the Suns would have to make a financial match, meaning a bigger contract like Channing Frye would need to be included (that’s if he opts in or signs an extension with the agreement in place, of course). The Suns certainly have a few first rounds picks available to sweeten the deal.
There are a lot of options that will be on the table for Minnesota, and it seems like the bidding war is developing at a pace that could see a trade go down on or soon after the draft, as expected.
So if you’re Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, do you approach matching the above?
And where is the line drawn in the sand if “yes” is the answer?