Reports: 'Game of chicken' in Kevin Love trade sweepstakes
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Will Kevin Love be traded before, during or after the NBA draft? That seems to be the question. But so far, it's anyone's guess.
Ric Bucher, of Bleacher Report, tweeted this morning that any potential deal that would send Love to the Golden State Warriors is "dead." Wonder which side would float that?
(See below for various tweets involving Kevin Love and a possible deal with Golden State.)
Sources: KLove deal to Warriors is dead. Love "unlikely" now to be dealt before draft.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) June 23, 2014
Late last night, ESPN's Chris Broussard said the Warriors are not willing to part with Klay Thompson to the Wolves or to the Lakers.
Source: No way GState trading Klay Thompson to Minnesota or the Lakers.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 23, 2014
This came several days after ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Thompson has been made available.
Serious game of chicken: source says no way GState getting KLove w/out giving up Klay Thompson. DLee & HBarnes not enough. Who blinks 1st?— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 23, 2014
A game of chicken, it seems, that is being played out through the media. And while that's wonderfully entertaining, it's hard to believe anonymously sourced information when we're so close to the NBA draft. That's not to blame media that uses unnamed sources. Indeed, that agreement is at times imperative to get any information at all.
But basically everyone understands that sources all have an agenda, and will release information that will help further than agenda.
Here's a few tweets from local Associate Press reporter, Jon Krawczynski, who provides exceptional Wolves coverage, and who broke the news that Flip Saunders would name himself coach.
Wolves don't have to make a deal by draft night. Would think leverage is highest there though.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 22, 2014
At this point it seems likely the Kevin Love will still be a Timberwolf after draft night. Warriors appear intent on dragging this thing out— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 23, 2014
What will be interesting is to see how market turns after July 1. Do teams who lose out on Melo get in Love sweepstakes and bid GSW up?— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 23, 2014
Basically right now it's a staring contest between Wolves and GSW, which is what you'd expect in a big-time negotiation
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 23, 2014
And the biggest takeaway in all this?
The NBA's smokescreen season is hilarious— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 22, 2014
Thursday might be an important day. Even if Love isn't traded on draft night, every team will have a better of its assets. Things could always heat up quickly. Or this could be a slow burn. When you consider the stakes and the leverage tactics, we probably won't know until we know.