Well that didn’t last long.
Barely two days after Kevin Love trade talks between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves were declared “dead,” it looks like the Dubs could be positioning themselves to not only add Love this summer, but LeBron James as well.
According to a radio interview with ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Warriors are still very motivated to trade for Love and believe that if they are able to acquire him, they’ll also be able to make a run at LeBron in fee agency this summer.
The Warriors would do well to start putting feelers out there to see if LeBron James would show any interest in moving to the Bay Area should the Warriors add Kevin Love to superstar Stephen Curry and defensive anchor Andrew Bogut. If LeBron so much as nibbles at the prospect of playing for the Warriors next season, you can be guaranteed Golden State will immediately drop their off-limits stance on Klay Thompson.
If the Dubs were to move Thompson and could find a way to get David Lee and maybe even Harrison Barnes off the books, Golden State would have enough cap space for LeBron, Love, Curry and Bogut with plenty of room left over for locking up Draymond Green, dealing with their glaring need at the backup point guard position and ensuring backup center Festus Ezeli stays on the roster.
Like most free agency reports we’ve seen lately involving Kevin Love and LeBron James, this is a bit of a long shot. There’s no guarantee LeBron opting out of his contract means anything other than his willingness to take less money with the Big Three to revamp the Miami Heat and make another title run. However, if LeBron even remotely expresses interest in playing in Golden State, the Warriors should immediately pull the trigger on the Kevin Love trade. The same was still true before LeBron rumors got involved, but still.
More and more the NBA landscape is starting to feel like MyTeam mode in NBA 2K. Enjoy the ride and speculation while it lasts.