The Los Angeles Lakers are throwing their hat into the ring of the Kevin Love sweepstakes.
While the organization is not necessarily pursuing Love himself, they are attempting to acquire another budding star via a three-way deal involving Minnesota and the Golden State Warriors.
According to Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk and Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are reportedly dangling the No. 7 pick in the draft to acquire Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson.
Lakers in talks to acquire Warriors’ Klay Thompson for seventh pick in next week’s draft, The Times has learned. http://t.co/nx0wyW7Hts
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) June 21, 2014
The Timberwolves and Warriors have already been amid discussions to concoct a deal involving Love, but this is the first time hearing of Los Angeles joining in on the fun.
However, this speculated scenario has been tabled because the Warriors’ brass is reportedly split on whether or not to keep or depart with Thompson – per Bresnahan.
New Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, and team consultant Jerry West have apparently advised the organization not to deal Thompson – per ESPN.com senior writers Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 21, 2014
Nonetheless, if Golden State is adamant about adding Love to their roster, Thompson will almost certainly have to be packaged in the trade. Anything short of Thompson being added would be a definite low-ball.
Love suggested Golden State as one of the destinations he’d prefer to land should he be dealt this summer.
In 81 games last season, Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists-per-game for the Warriors. For the playoffs, Thompson averaged 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists-per-game in 7 contests. His 16.4 points-per-game in the postseason ranked second the team.