The Kevin Love trade that didn’t happen for the Warriors was revisited as training camp gets going, and from Minnesota’s perspective, the Warriors could have gotten the deal done before the star forward was sent to Cleveland.
“Golden State we came fairly close, but they decided not to go ahead with the deal,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told NBA TV, adding that Minnesota wanted players back that would help them in the future. “And finally Cleveland said that they would give us three draft choices.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers was also asked on KNBR on Monday about how the deal didn’t get done and explained his reasoning for the decision to keep a core of players together that includes guard Klay Thompson.
“We felt like and we still believe this group hasn’t reached its ceiling yet,” Myers told the station. “And to a certain extent, changing the dynamics, changing the core of this team would almost be ripping it out before it had a chance to reach fruition, before we actually got to see where this team could go and where it could take us.
“And I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think that’s fair to the players. I don’t think that’s fair to the organization to basically say, ‘You know what? We’re pulling the ripcord early on this without giving you guys a chance.’ Now if you have a mature team, and you’ve played together five, six years, and you’ve got 28-, 29-year-olds and you say, ‘You know what? We’ve had the same coaching staff, we’ve had the same players, and it’s not getting the job done,’ then you look to make these larger moves.”
Myers said a deal not getting done “was a good signal” that sends a message the front office believes in the team and what it can accomplish.
That’s true for Thompson, who heard coach Steve Kerr was among those who didn’t want him included in any deal for Love.
“If it is the truth, it’s awesome,” Thompson said. “I appreciate Steve for that.
“It just makes me want to play even harder for him if he really did believe that, so it gives me a new sense of confidence, really.”