Kevin Love rumor madness: Golden State jumps into the lead?

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This shit-storm of rumors is apparently playing out just like Minnesota wants it to.  They’ve (reportedly) gotten each team interested in acquiring the 3-time All Star to (reportedly) loosen their purse strings and (reportedly) offer more than they’d originally intended.

The latest club to budge:  Golden State.

ESPN sources say Golden State has indeed made Klay Thompson available to Wolves, greatly increasingly Warriors’ hopes of getting Kevin Love

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2014

Breaking up the Splash Brothers to get Love?  Slick move, Golden State.

This would instantly put Golden State in the lead as far as the quality of player at the center of the offer, trumping the Kenneth Faried availability from Denver.  The problem with Golden State’s apparent offer is (a) they have no draft picks to offer and (b) they’d probably want to offload David Lee in the process.  I’m not sure two years of David Lee at nearly $31 million is appetizing to Minnesota.  Also Thompson is a restricted free agent after next season, and the TWolves run the risk of losing him if some team puts together a creative offer (or just breaks the bank).

So does the addition of Thompson suddenly make the Warriors front-runners, or do the Celtics, with lesser players but much more valuable picks, remain in the lead?  I’m sure someone’s sources are already talking.

–UPDATE–

Sources: Twolves & Warriors discussing Possible trade: KLove, KMartin, JJBarea, 13th pick for Klay Thompson and David Lee

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 19, 2014

Seriously.. as I was posting this, this was tweeted by Chris Brussard. Take this not with a grain of salt, but with a dump truck full of it.

Minnesota giving up a pick and Love for just Thompson and Lee?  I call bullshit.  No way Minnesota is that dumb……….. right?