On the same day reports surfaced that the Cleveland Cavaliers would include No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors upped the ante by making Klay Thompson, who was previously thought to be untouchable, available.
According to BasketballInsiders.com, the Warriors are willing to deal Thompson because Love is willing to opt into the 2015-2016 season.
“The Cavaliers are willing to let go of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins, but the Warriors are now willing to let go of Klay Thompson as well.
The Warriors have been trying to acquire Love without letting go of Thompson, but have come off of that stance because Love is willing to exercise his option for the 2015-16 season and put off becoming a free agent next summer according to a source.”
Love hasn’t made any on-the-record commitments to the Cavaliers about signing an extension or opting into his contract next summer should he be dealt to Cleveland.
His willingness to pick up the option for 2015-2016 for Golden State is interesting, because LeBron James isn’t committed long-term to the Cavs, at least contractually. Perhaps Love will be hesitant to make any commitments to Cleveland because of James’ contract status.
James’ Sports Illustrated essay indicated he wants to finish his career in Cleveland, but nothing is set in cement. How will James’ status affect Love’s view of the Cavs. Remember, reports Love didn’t want to play in Cleveland before James signed his contract last week.
This raises a big question for the Cavaliers. If Love agrees to give the Cavs two years, instead of one, should the orgnaization still pull the trigger on dealing not only Wiggins, but possibly Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and future draft picks?