Klay Thompson Trade Would Be Win-Win for LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors

It's not every day a blockbuster NBA trade works out for all parties involved, but the potential exchange involving the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers—with Klay Thompson as the principal asset on the move—could represent a rare mutually beneficial deal.

The basics of the possible trade are as follows, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers have been in discussions to acquire Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for the seventh pick in next week’s draft, The Times has learned.

The deal would be part of a larger three-way trade that sends Minnesota All-Star power forward Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Lakers are interested but the deal has been put on hold because of a difference in opinion within the Warriors’ organization whether or not to keep Thompson while trying to obtain Love.


All You Need Is Love

It's easy to see the biggest reason the Dubs benefit here, as Love is a superstar talent who, still just 25 years old, provides precisely what the Warriors need: shooting from the power forward spot. Frankly, it's almost impossible to overstate how well Love would fit with Golden State.

He'd operate brilliantly in a pick-and-pop set with Stephen Curry, could hide on a weaker frontcourt matchup with Andrew Bogut at his side on defense and would provide the kind of elite spacing and passing touch Golden State needs to reach the next level.

Plus, the Warriors' new head coach, Steve Kerr, wants exactly what Love offers.

Per Monte Pool of CSNBayArea.com, Kerr all but named Love specifically in an early meeting with Dubs general manager Bob Myers.

"Bob and I have not spent one second on personnel. I evaluated all of the current players for the Warriors. And I evaluated how I see each of those players fitting into my style of play. I didn't say anything about anybody els...

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