In order to snag Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors might have to trade Klay Thompson and David Lee to the Timberwolves. With that being said, they can either settle for gold or go all in with a platinum investment.
In life and in basketball, people thrive off of the old adage “you have to spend money to make money” and Mr. Love is money for any team that has him on their roster. Many people applaud the sharpshooting of Thompson and Lee has become a household name for the Warriors’ fan base but if Love is a possible acquisition, those two have got to go.
It all comes down to the numbers. During the season,Love was fourth in the NBA in points per game(26.1) and third in rebounds(12.5). Not to mention, Love led the entire NBA in double-doubles with 65, which was eight more than Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who was second with 57. Love also led all big men in the league in minutes with 36.3.The list goes on and on.
Although Love may be a little questionable on the defensive end, he more than makes up for it with his durability, offensive prowess and dexterity. He is the modern-day Wes Unseld with his pinpoint outlet passing ability and the big guy moves like a ballet dancer. So light on his feet!
Thompson and Lee have good numbers. Thompson’s 18.4 points per game and great on-ball defense proved to be extremely valuable for the Dubs down the stretch of the year. Lee’s 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game also boosted the Warriors in many ways during the season. The fact of the matter is, they just do not provide the same star quality as Love can for the Warriors. That’s not a bad thing. They are just not as good as Love. Point blank. Love is arguably a top five player in the league, so the Warriors need to capitalize on their opportunity to land another big star to go alongside Stephen Curry.
On top of receiving Love, the Warriors could possibly pick up microwave scorer Kevin Martin from Minnesota as well. Golden State needs to make that happen. Martin and Thompson are virtually interchangeable aside from the defense part.
There is love brewing from both sides of this deal. Minnesota gets a new start. Golden State begins the trail to a long-awaited championship. Both teams should just get those contracts written up, signed, sealed and delivered because let’s face it, everybody loves love.