The Warriors' trade talks with Minnesota involving big man Kevin Love have stalled due to an organizational split on Golden State's willingness to part with guard Klay Thompson, ESPN.com reported Saturday.

The morning after Warriors general manager Bob Myers said a big trade was "unlikely" as of Friday, the website reported that coach Steve Kerr and executive board member Jerry West voiced opposition to giving up both Thompson and a future first-round pick along with David Lee in exchange for Love and guard Kevin Martin.

While this could be posturing, it was West who was a strong proponent of drafting Thompson and made recent comments about the sharpshooter's long-term future with the Warriors.

"He and (Stephen) Curry fit great together, should be a backcourt for a long time," the Hall of Famer told CSN Bay Area last week.

Thompson, who improved his overall game this past season, is "highly valued within the organization," Myers said. Apparently, the third-year player is also admired by many NBA teams.

After reports surfaced of the Warriors' possible willingness to trade Thompson, they received calls from teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN.com reported. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday the Lakers were in discussions about acquiring Thompson as part of a three-way deal in which they'd surrender the No. 7 overall pick and Love would go the Warriors.


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Love, a three-time All-Star, has said he prefers to play for a winning team and even told reporters in the Philippines in jest Friday that he could win an NBA championship "if there's a way I can jump on that Spurs roster."

Love can opt out of his contract with Minnesota after next season, but the Timberwolves do not necessarily have to trade him in the offseason if they can't find a deal to team president and coach Flip Saunders' liking.

Like Kerr, West has expressed a desire to add a big man who can shoot from outside. Love tied for eighth in the NBA in made 3-pointers last season.

"We probably need a little bit more shooting up front with our big people," West told KGO-TV last week. "That will be an area that we try to address."