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The Klay Conundrum

Over the last couple of days - weeks, we've seemed to be almost as split on trading Klay Thompson as our front office has been reported to be. I've personally seen reasoning to be on either side of the fence considering I myself has swayed back and forth. However as time progresses, I'm come to reasoning that there is no way we wouldn't trade Klay to land Love. With that, I think it's due justice to present logical reasons as to why.

To start, Klay is a great "2" guard. He's the perfect backcourt mate for any undersized (defensively) point guard ala Curry. He's a lights out shooter who can score in a variety of ways. His on-ball defense is near top in the league regarding perimeter players. He is precisely what people tend to envision when thinking of prototypical shooting guards akin to when people name Chris Paul when speaking of the prototypical point guard. He is honestly the best 2-way (whatever that implies) 2 guard in the league. That said, at his opposition is Kevin Love.

Kevin Love is a top 10 player. He's the perfect teammate for any player that likes to pass the ball. His scoring ability is greater than even Stephen Curry's (though his entire offense output is not). While he is not an all-world defender, he's not as bad as perceived by the eye test (I think I remember someone posting the fact he allows .74 pts on post ups?). Love brings a dimension to the Warriors offense that can't be replicated. He is a legitimate big man at 6' 10" who can play in the post, pass from the post, score from outside, draw fouls, make free throws, create his own shot, and pump fake (looking at you Lee). Out of all the big men I can think of, only Griffin, Jefferson, and Aldridge can come close to his production regarding scoring, and they don't really come close on total offensive package.

The other factors in this, is Klay will get paid max. It's inevitable. Considering Both Harrison Barnes's and Draymond Green's contracts are coming up, is keeping Klay worth losing Draymond/Barnes and not getting Love? Another snag seems to be that we may have to take back Kevin Martin, even though offensively he is actually better than Klay. Does he replace his defense? Of course not, but he's a 6th man. Is he that much worse than Gerald Green or Jamal Crawford on D? Hell, considering Barnes and Draymond are not really shot creators, Martin is exactly what we need off our bench (Shot creator, gets to the line, good Shooter).

In short, trading Klay is a battle of bred vs bought in the eyes of fans. It's also a sign that people believe we are, when healthy, better than teams that were higher seeds than we were. The people on the side of Love state that we're good with what we have, but we need Love to be a championship level team. I agree with the latter. What say you?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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