OAKLAND -- While there is plenty of chatter regarding a possible deal for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love, Warriors general manager Bob Myers won't confirm trade talks with Minnesota. However, Myers did speak to the chances of any big trade.
"I think probably right now unlikely," Myers said Friday. "It's the best I can do for you. But I will say this: If you asked me last year at this time would we be in a situation to grab an (Andre) Iguodala, I would have said the same thing.
"Right now, I think it's unlikely. Right now, today."
Myers, who ended up improbably landing Iguodala last offseason, acknowledged things can change quickly in trade discussions. In recent days, conflicting reports surfaced about whether the Warriors would include shooting guard Klay Thompson in a trade for Love.
The inclusion of Thompson in any deal could be the key to getting the 6-foot-10 Love, who has said he prefers to play for a winning team and can opt out of his contract with Minnesota after next season. A three-time All-Star, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while stretching defenses with his ability to hit 3-pointers.
The Timberwolves reportedly were asking for Thompson, forward David Lee and a future first-round draft pick in exchange for Love and guard Kevin Martin. Mychal Thompson, Klay's father, heard about the possibility and believed it to be strong enough that he said Thursday on his ESPN LA 710-AM radio show that he was "depressed" about it and began envisioning how his son would fit in on the Timberwolves roster.
Myers said the Warriors value Thompson highly as a player who continues to expand his game, comparing the sharpshooting 24-year-old to a five-tool baseball player.
"The nice thing about him that I think is he hasn't reached his ceiling," Myers said. "I think he's got a high ceiling and that he can only get better, so that's the type of player anybody wants on their team."
Thompson is eligible to sign an extension with the Warriors beginning in July, and Myers said he looked forward to speaking to Bill Duffy, the player's agent.
"I will tell you that there's a lot of players on our roster that have value, which is good," Myers said.
"Especially the youth of the roster is appealing to any team in the NBA. You want to have young, good players, and we have a few, and that's something we don't take for granted."
While rookie coach Steve Kerr continues to covet a power forward who can shoot from outside, the Warriors did reach agreement with Alvin Gentry to become the team's associate head coach, according to agent Warren LeGarie. Gentry had yet to sign a contract and tweeted that congratulations were "premature," but Myers said a deal with the veteran coach would be completed barring something unforeseen. Gentry has spent 12 seasons as a head coach with Miami, Detroit, the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix.
"Unless you've been a head coach, you don't know what it's like to be a head coach," Myers said. "So to have somebody next to you that has sat in that chair I think will be invaluable across the board in many ways."
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