Report: Jerry West threatened to leave the Warriors if they traded Klay Thompson for Kevin Love

Jerry-WestNBA legend Jerry West know a little bit about evaluating elite talent. West, who is part owner of the Golden State Warriors also serves as a consultant for the team as well. West’s knowledge was put to the test last summer when the Warriors were trying to acquired Kevin Love, who was in Minnesota. Timberwolves president Flip Saunders wouldn’t accept the trade unless Klay Thompson was included. West was against the trade to the point where he threatened to resign from his position as a consultant.

 

Perhaps West’s biggest contribution came last summer, though, when, along with Kerr, he adamantly opposed a trade centered around Thompson and Love. West argued that trading Thompson would be an enormous mistake. The Warriors were built on defense and Love, while a skilled offensive player, was a subpar defender. What’s more, West was certain Thompson would continue to improve, giving the Warriors a potential Hall of Fame backcourt for the next decade.

West felt so strongly that, according to one person close to the negotiations, he threatened to resign if the team made the trade. Chances are, West wouldn’t have actually done it—that’s just the way he talks—but when the most successful talent evaluator in league history feels that adamantly about something, it’s probably worth listening.

 

Well it appears that the Warriors made the right move, as Thompson along with Steph Curry are considered the best backcourt tandem in the NBA.

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