LA Lakers trade rumors now involve Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, and the 2014 NBA Draft. These new LA Lakers trade rumors suggest the Golden State Warriors could acquire the No. 7 pick in the draft from them and then deal it to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a package to get Love. According to a report from NBC Sports on Saturday (June 21), Los Angeles is very interested in pairing Thompson with Kobe Bryant on the court.
The biggest snag here appears to be the reluctance of the Warriors to split up the tandem of Thompson and Stephen Curry that has worked very well the past two seasons. A report from Friday (June 20) revealed that team president Flip Saunders is trying to make it very clear that he doesn't want to part with Thompson in any deal that would replace him with Kevin Martin on the roster. Martin has developed a reputation of not playing defense that Saunders doesn't like.
The reality seems to be that these LA Lakers trade rumors won't make it much further than the negotiation phase if the Warriors are unprepared to part ways with Klay Thompson. Last season, he played in 81 games, averaging 18.4 points per game. The Warriors were very deadly from three-point range when he and Curry were on the court together and have even developed a nickname: The Splash Brothers. A fan favorite with the team, the front office would like to keep him in place.
Giving up the No. 7 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft seems like a good deal for the Lakers, as it would net them a proven player rather than a good prospect. As part of a three-team deal it might make a lot of sense for them, but it doesn't appear that the sentiment is shared by the front office in Golden State at the moment.
Just because a roadblock has been reached doesn't mean that these LA Lakers trade rumors are going to quiet down. The team is looking to upgrade its current roster by dealing away that pick, with the intent being that they could compete for the NBA Playoffs immediately. Getting a healthy Kobe Bryant back on the court is the first major step, but surrounding him with proven talent is also the goal for the 2014-15 NBA season.