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ESPN’s Chad Ford: Warriors want Kevin Love so they can make ‘compelling case’ for LeBron James

The Warriors are still looking to trade for Kevin Love in order to set themselves up to make a run for free agent-to-be LeBron James, ESPN’s Chad Ford told ESPN LA 710 AM on Wednesday.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think there’s a better Kevin Love deal for the Wolves than what the Warriors can offer, and I think the Warriors are very motivated to get Kevin Love in part I think not just because he’s an upgrade over David Lee, but in part because I think that now that you can have a Steph Curry and you have a Kevin Love, I think they feel at that point that they could be credible suitors for LeBron James,” Ford said.

“There are many suitors that are hoping to be credible suitors for LeBron James, but I think the Warriors can make a compelling case for him if they had Curry and Love. They’re perfect complements to LeBron James.”

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Ford said the Warriors don’t have major objections to a trade for Love in which they give up Klay Thompson and Lee and take back guard Kevin Martin, but they don’t necessarily want to also trade forward Harrison Barnes or take back guard J.J. Barea, who is owed $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. The Warriors also don’t want to give up a future first-round pick, especially one without protections, according to Ford.

But that could change if the Warriors decide to get involved in Thursday’s NBA draft and can reach agreement on a deal that lands them the rights to the player the Timberwolves pick at No. 13 overall.

“I think there are some players that intrigue them there,” Ford said. “I think they’re willing to maybe take back some of those things – giving a future first-round pick maybe giving up Barnes — if they can get the Wolves’ pick at No. 13.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Tuesday declined to comment on either the team’s interest in Love or James, who informed Miami he would opt out of his contract.

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  • Stan

    Gee 100% cpu and a RPC to tell my pc to shut off. AND yet i’m still at it. Chad is a brilliant man. He sounds like me.
    And so much for Bucher..as I said…and for Papa..as I said, and for Kawakami,as I said. STAN the blogger is always ahead of the curve.Well,compared to bay area sports writers.!

  • Stan

    I was first to comment..and you deleted the truth? Aren’t you a journalist?
    I WAS RIGHT about Love..Papa,Kawakami and Poole are wrong. I cant help that I’m smarter. A curse for communicating…

  • Stan

    Oh..I fixed my PC..never mind on that other stuff…It was a dusty hardrive. I am so embarrassed I might not comment for another 10 minutes…

  • thewarriorsrule

    i agree, and the more i think about this. we really needed a consistent 2nd scorer to help out curry in the playoffs, and that wasn’t klay or lee. a reporter said in the western conference, you need at least 2 superstars per team to win. por – alrdidge and lillard, okc – durant and westbrook, sa – parker and duncan, hou – harden and howard, la – paul and griffin, la – kobe and gasol, etc. warriors? it needs to be curry and love. i would love to do the trade, but if wolves are asking for too much, then no way jose. i don’t want kmart, barea, or us giving up a 1st rounder or barnes. i think klay and lee and a protected 1st round 2015 pick is fair for love. i guess we could take on kmart’s contract. he can be 6th man off the bench since he plays no defense.

  • Howard Benner

    Humm. . .Lee (that would be a huge albatross removed from the W’s neck), Harrison Barnes & Klay (reluctantly, but gets back to the third best “4″ instead of the fifth best “5″) for Kevin Love, K-Mart 2.0 & the Wolves #13 in this draft. . .

    The prospects of spotting King James in the Bay Area radar would significantly improve; then, as I have been indicating for months, sign Shaun Livingston as the backup “1;”. . .even with out King James this would be a formidable lineup; Morrow might be enticed into returning to the East Bay. . .

    Of course the W’s would have to groom another new player, but this year’s draft, while not as deep as the draft of 2012 should yield a fine wing to groom for the future. . .

  • Stan

    Howard…Love,Curry,…and Lebron is instant Championship. Kerr? Kerr’s Mom could coach that team. Wow..what Lineup…for Oakland. A beyond all timer. A higher level.

  • Howard Benner

    Stan, why is it you insist on exclaiming upon your dissatisfaction on the displacement of Mark Jax? he is gone; will never be back, unless he is courtside with the other BSPN flunkies? put it this way; even Mark would be wont to fvck this group out. . .

    Kerr is a definite upgrade over mark jax; he has definite ideas that will revolutionize the approach to NBA basketball, just like Pop, a guy bereft of NBA playing experience, & Zenmaster Phil, he just a complimentary bench player possessed. . .

    The only former star level players that have been successful as NBA coaches are Billy Cunningham, Kevin McHale (& even his success has been marganalized when supported by teams like his current Houston Rockets; not so much in Minnesota) & Larry Legend, a self made player. . .Mark Jax? Most simplified offense in the league; easy to game plan; not too good in motivating his players on a nightly basis. . .let’s see if Kerr’s Buils/Spurs background can contribute to a more successful game to game team intensity. . .