That’s my prediction, and I’m putting it on record.
Amid the hoopla of virtually every one of the Warriors’ Western Conference competitors making important signings to improve their rosters, the Warriors’ signing of non-shooting back-up point guard Shaun Livingston to an exorbitant 3 year, $16 million contract has fallen with a thud. No one is talking Warriors in the Western Conference anymore. No one.
And my money is betting that Joe Lacob’s ego won’t be able to take it. Despite what the few actual basketball people in the Warriors organization are telling him.
And not just Lacob’s ego, but his complete and utter attachment to the bottom line.
That’s the intoxicating brew that a Kevin Love acquisition offers Joe Lacob, which I believe he will ultimately prove unable to resist.
The TWolves are in the drivers’ seat here. The NBA landscape has changed radically in the last few days, as you know. Lebron is headed back to the Cavs, which has put a Wiggins for Love deal on the table. Despite the Cavs’ current denials.
Other teams, unforeseen at this time, will also almost certainly emerge before it’s over. Like the Rockets, if they decline the option to pay the max to the currently all-but-superfluous Chandler Parsons, in the wake of the Trevor Ariza signing. And even if the Rockets do match the Mavs’ offer, might not Parsons be more attractive to the TWolves than David Lee?
Bottom line, David Lee and Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green will never get this deal done. (Despite the Warriors’ current plans to pump up Harrison Barnes’ trade value by re-inserting him into the starting lineup. Another thing I’m tempted to bet on.) The TWolves have considerable leverage now, and if history is a guide, will have even more by the trading deadline. If the current offers don’t improve significantly by the start of the season, I think the TWolves are virtually certain to hold onto Love until the last minute.
By the time the TWolves are ready to pull the trigger, I’m not even sure that Klay Thompson and David Lee and agreeing to swallow the poison pill of Kevin Martin’s contract will still be enough to land Kevin Love. But what I am sure of is that before it’s over, Joe Lacob will have thrown Klay Thompson into the pot.
Bye bye, Klay Thompson.