NBA Trade Rumors: Updates on Kevin Love, Klay Thompson and More Buzz

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2014

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 1: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on May 1, 2014 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rocky Widner/Getty Images

While much of the buzz in the NBA these days is all about prospective free agents and where they might land, LeBron James key among them, there are still some whispers out there when it comes to trade talk. 

While the earth currently revolves around Kevin Love in that regard—and don't worry, we'll be discussing him here, too—he's not the only name that could be on the move. Let's break down the NBA's current trade talk.

Kevin Love and Klay Thompson

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 14: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 14, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
Rocky Widner/Getty Images

Hey, we might as well get this one out of the way first, right?

Yes, we all know Love wants out. Yes, we've all heard plenty of teams would love to bring him aboard. But which teams? 

Ask and ye shall receive, courtesy of Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:

It's not surprising that multiple teams would be interested in a guy who finished the 2013-14 season averaging 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and is just 25 years old. And in Love's defense, it's not surprising that he would want to join a perennial playoff contender. He's given the Minnesota Timberwolves six seasons to build a playoff contender around him, and it simply hasn't happened.

That won't be a consolation to fans of the team. But it's certainly understandable from an outsider's perspective. 

So yes, Love will likely be on the move. But to where? Well, the one deal that continues to have legs is Love being sent to the Golden State Warriors. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports has more on that front:

And there's where Klay Thompson pops up. 

Truly, Thompson would be just what the Wolves need on the perimeter to pair with Ricky Rubio. He averaged 18.4 points per game last year, but, more importantly, he shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. You can't blame Golden State for holding onto him for dear life—he's just 24 and the backcourt combination of he and Steph Curry is sure fun to watch—but eventually, you get the feeling they'll cave. 

This is Love we're talking about, after all. The inside-outside game of he and Curry is too much to pass up on (assuming Love will sign an extension with the Warriors).

And so we play the waiting game in Minnesota. Heck, Flip Saunders has basically hinted as much about the team's offseason plans, per Steve Aschburner of NBA.com:

'Are we going to be very active in free agency? Probably not,' Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told Twin Cities reporters the other day. 'I feel very comfortable where our roster is at right now.'

Minnesota has 14 players with guaranteed contracts, counting [Zach] LaVine and [Glenn Robinson III]. Already capped out, the team hasn’t made a priority of the mid-level exception either. 'Right now, there are not a lot of guys who are out there,' is how Saunders put it. 'If there are not guys out there who are better than guys on our team, we’re not just going to spend it because we have it. If someone pops down and we think it’s worth it, we’ll do it.'

This is, of course, calm-before-the-storm stuff. Something is going to happen with Love, the Wolves and the proper dance partner once identified and properly motivated. It might happen as soon as these door-buster days to start free agency calm down. 

Krawczynski shares that sentiment:

It's all quiet on the Minny front for now. But that should all change very quickly once Love departs. 

Matt Barnes and Jared Dudley 

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 26:  Matt Barnes #22 and Jared Dudley #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers box out LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers on December 26, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknow
Sam Forencich/Getty Images

No, this one isn't as sexy as all the Love talk. But the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to improve this offseason, and they've targeted one position in particular, per Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Seriously, they really want to upgrade at small forward, per Ken Berger of CBS:

Guys, this isn't a joke. They are all about small forward, per Marc Stein of ESPN:

Heck, they might try to bring Danny Manning out of retirement. That's a joke, of course, but the team seems desperate. 

In other words, don't be surprised when either Barnes or Dudley—or both—are moved. The Clippers are looking for a new dance partner at the 3, and Barnes and Dudley don't have the moves.

Follow TRappaRT on Twitter


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.