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Lowell Cohn: Trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love? Definitely

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the second half in Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Los Angeles. The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love headlines a list of veteran NBA players who could have a major influence on how the draft unfolds, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Love’s contract situation has the Timberwolves contemplating trading him, and several teams could use first-round picks as part of a package to acquire him. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo and Golden State’s Thompson could be on the move as well, while soon-to-be free agents like Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe could have a say in which direction their current teams go with draft picks. (AP Photo/File)

Tonight is the NBA draft. The Warriors have no picks, but that could change. We can say with certainty the Warriors will choose a player tonight or they won’t. You read it here first.

The big news — well, the big rumor — is they want Minnesota’s Kevin Love. Let’s keep going with this rumor stuff a moment. It’s not true to say “they” want Love. General manager Bob Myers, according to what we read, wants Love. But new coach Steve Kerr and consultant Jerry West, according to the whispers, don’t want Love if they have to give the Timberwolves Klay Thompson among others.

It’s OK to surrender David Lee. That’s obvious. And Harrison Barnes could go. And a draft choice in the future. But not Thompson. That’s how much some of the “they” think of the Warriors’ shooting guard.

Now, for a dose of reality. In life you gotta give if you wanna get. Or something like that.

It’s not like the Timberwolves’ brass is sitting around saying, “Gee, the Warriors sure are in a tough spot. Let’s help them out by not asking for Thompson.”

Not on your life.

The Wolves are going to lose their great power forward and they need every good player they can get in return. They must push for Thompson. So, do the Warriors give him up in this deal — if this deal is still alive?

Heck, yes. We like you, Klay. Have a good life in the frozen north. And don’t forget to write.

Why should the Warriors give up Thompson in a deal for Love?

Because Kevin Love is absolutely unique in the NBA. He is a big strong rebounding forward who can shoot 3s. A tough guy with touch. He would make the Warriors much better even if they lose Thompson to get him. It is easier to get a shooting guard than a great power forward, which makes Thompson less valuable than Love. A lot less valuable.

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