Warriors interested in landing Love
The Golden State Warriors are interested in landing Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and pair him with another star, point guard Stephen Curry, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.
"You know we'll be aggressive," one Warriors source told the newspaper, asking for anonymity because other teams are not allowed to comment on players under contract. "We usually get our guy."
According to the Chronicle, the Bay Area is believed to be one of desired locations for Love, who reportedly has told Minnesota that he will exercise his early termination option and become a free agent in 2015.
At Steve Kerr's introductory press conference, the new Warriors head coach told reporters that he would like to add a stretch four-position player.
The newspaper said the Warriors could package David Lee, Harrison Barnes and the 2015 first-rounder for Love, who finished behind only LeBron James and Kevin Durant in player-efficiency rating this season and represents that floor-stretching power forward Kerr covets.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said this week he expects Love to be part of the team next season, even if it turns out to be his last before hitting free agency.
"I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that's not our plan," Taylor said in the Pioneer Press. "I'm not in a position where you would say absolutely I wouldn't do it, because what if something that I can't even speculate (on) happens? You'd say, 'You're nuts, Glen.' Maybe some team puts a value on him that's different than we suspect."
Love, a three-time All-Star, has not formally demanded a trade and Taylor reiterated he was commenting only on hypotheticals. Taylor said the Timberwolves have not talked to Love, his agent or any other teams about a possible trade.