Warriors Near Trade With Minnesota Timberwolves

Updated: June 26, 2014
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The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves are moving towards a draft night deal to send Kevin Love to the Bay Area according to multiple sources.

The deal, barring any last minute changes or cold feet, according to a source, would send Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and the No. 13 pick in tonight’s draft to the Warriors for Klay Thompson, David Lee and Harrison Barnes.

The deal is dependent on who is available at the No. 13 spot, with one source stating the Warriors are high on Nik Stauskas of Michigan and Doug McDermott of Creighton.  One source stated Stauskas is the preferred selection for Warriors management and would ease the pain of dealing Thompson to Minnesota.

Talks are fluid and constantly ongoing, according to a source with a heightened sense of urgency as the draft draws nearer.  The draft is the ideal compensation for both parties and the Warriors, currently with zero picks, have shown increased interest of entering what many consider the deepest draft since 2003 when LeBron James was taken No. 1 overall.

A similar scenario was reported initially by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.  The Warriors have very little draft mobility over the next few years with zero second-round picks until 2018 while having traded this year’s first-round pick in the Andre Iguodala deal.  They also traded their 2017 first-rounder away in the deal.

Such a trade was initially reported by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.