WALNUT CREEK – Asked about his reaction to Minnesota reportedly reaching an agreement in principle to trade forward Kevin Love to Cleveland, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t have one.
“It doesn’t include our team, so when other teams make moves, that’s really their business,” Kerr said Thursday.
The trade for Love involves Cleveland sending No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett and a 2015 protected first-round draft pick, according to Yahoo Sports. Any deal involving Wiggins would not become official until Aug. 23, one month after the former Kansas star signed his rookie contract.
It’s possible the Warriors could get back into the Love sweepstakes by sweetening a trade proposal, but Kerr seemed confident that there would not be major changes to the existing roster.
“All indications are that this is the group we’re going forward with, but you never say never,” Kerr said. “You never know what’s going to happen, and ultimately that’s not my job. I’m coaching the team that’s here, but there’s no question that we feel very confident and comfortable with the group that we have. The team’s been on the rise the past couple of years, and I believe in continuity and players growing together, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Klay Thompson, a subject of trade talks involving Love, was among the Warriors players that recently dined with Kerr and general manager Bob Myers in Las Vegas while training with USA Basketball, according to Kerr, who declined to comment on their discussions.
Thompson was named by Kerr as having an “automatic” starting spot along with Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut and David Lee when a boy at the Warriors Basketball Camp at Tice Valley Community Gym asked the coach about the lineup this season.
“Andre (Iguodala) started last year, which he probably will, but there’s a lot of options that we have because we’ve got really good players in Harrison (Barnes) and Draymond (Green),” Kerr said, adding that likely he would use the same lineup as last season. “But most of it usually comes down to how the combination fits…how do the pieces of the puzzle fit. We’ll determine that in training camp who plays best together, who’s going to start, who’s going to come off the bench.”