The free agency period is near so the rumors are flying. The latest has Klay Thompson in the mix as the Warriors pursue Minnesota star Kevin Love.
As I first reported, the Warriors don't want to give up Thompson. They prefer to fold Love into what is already formidable starting lineup featuring the Splash Brothers.
But one reality that is emerging through all this: it's probably going to take Thompson to get Love.
The Warriors have offered the David Lee and Harrison Barnes package. According to multiple sources, inside the Warriors and out, Minnesota is insisting on Thompson being included. And since the Timberwolves have other offers, they can afford to be picky.
Warriors management still does not want to include Thompson in the deal. But they are not ready to exit the Kevin Love sweepstakes by refusing to include Thompson.
Per one source, the inclusion of Thompson was a counter offer from Minnesota -- and the Warriors haven't responded yet.
Either way, this may come down to choosing Thompson or Love. (I'm told Minnesota, for the first time in a long time, knows what it wants.) Even if they would choose Thompson, it wouldn't make sense to pull the plug at this point. Especially if they can get a first-rounder (Minnesota has the No. 13 pick) out of it or if they can get their hands on another starting shooting guard they like.
Far as I have heard, Minnesota hasn't offered their first-round pick yet. Could be a counter from Warriors.
Or, maybe the T-Wolves' other options fall apart leaving them Lee and Barnes with a future pick as the best option on the board. Who knows?
As of right now, it looks like the Warriors won't be getting Love without Thompson. That means the Warriors will have to make a tough decision. Expect them to bide their time until they absolutely have to decide.
As it stands now, no Thompson means moving Andre Iguodala to shooting guard (where you'd need him to score) and Barnes into the starting rotation (taking away from the bench). That is not ideal for the Warriors. They'd have to get a shooting guard. But they can't just get anyone. They need one who can complement Stephen Curry.
Which brings us to another issue in trading Thompson: how will that help Curry relations, which were clearly strained by the firing of Mark Jackson?