Keeping Klay Looks Like A Great Move For The Warriors
The talk this past summer surrounded 3x all-star Kevin Love and where he’d eventually take his talents to. Coming off of arguably his best year of a now 7-year career, teams were willing to give up key assets in order to acquire the forward from UCLA. Ultimately, K-Love joined the King and his men in Cleveland. It seemed like a no-brainer for the Cavs to acquire an experienced all-star, but the end result has shown that it may not have been such a bad idea if Cleveland kept this year’s rookie of the year. But the Wiggins for Love trade wasn’t the only possibility constantly popping up in the trade rumors, The T’Wolves almost landed splash brother, Klay Thompson.
The Warriors would’ve received Kevin Love for Klay Thompson, David Lee, AND swingman Harrison Barnes. At the time it seemed like a legitimate move the Warriors could make to establish themselves as a solid threat in the Western Conference. After all, a lineup consisting of Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala, and a front court presence of Love and Andrew Bogut, would’ve seemed quite intimidating. GSW just wasn’t ready to give up that much talent, but even more so they weren’t willing to give up Klay. And boy did it serve them right.
Instead of shipping him off to the cold in Minnesota, the Warriors elected to ink him to a 4-year $69 million contract extension, which after his display of talent this season, was an absolute bargain for the franchise. Kevin Love, who has been constantly on and off the court due to reoccurring back issues has seen better days. His injuries this year are by far not his only setback performance wise. His stats in every aspect have plummeted, and amidst making the playoffs he still has yet to really find his spot on this Cavalier roster. Klay Thompson on the other hand has had his best year to date. Setting career highs in every category, becoming an all star for the first time, all the while leading his team to a tremendous 67 win season… I think the Golden State front office should be happy with the risky decision they made in the summer.