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The Best NBA Trade That Never Happened

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The Best NBA Trade That Never Happened

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love (42) in the first half of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group)

NBA Trade rumors are already beginning to heat up right as the weather begins to cool down across the country. Over the past five years, NBA trades have helped shaped the outcome of who wins in June. The Cleveland Cavaliers snagged JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Channing Frye at the trade deadline, with each guy playing a huge role throughout the playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers traded Marc Gasol for his brother Pau in 2008 to lead them to a championship the next year.

So with how a single trade can single handily change the landscape of the NBA, what about the trades that were out there, yet never happened? More importantly, what if the most important trade rumor of 2013, Minnesota’s Kevin Love for Golden State’s Klay Thompson, became a reality?


The most potent backcourt of recent memory also happen to have the best nickname in NBA history. The year after the trade rumor, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson broke out, earning them the Splash Brothers moniker after combining for 42 points on 42% shooting from three over the 2014 season. Not only would have the Love for Klay trade seperate the NBA’s most dynamic backcourt, it would slow down the new wave of small ball in the NBA.


Andrew Wiggins, the most hyped number one draft pick since Derrick Rose, was the future of the Cavs along with Kyrie Irving, at least until Lebron James decided to write a letter and return to Cleveland to win a championship for the most tortured fanbase in sports history. Part of his grand plan was to turn Wiggins into Love, giving the Cavs their own “Big Three” and creating a powerhouse in the East.


The most memorable plays of last year’s incredible game 7 Finals game are Lebron’s Block, Kyrie’s Shot, and Love’s Defense in some order. It is safe to assume that Cleveland without Kevin Love still make the NBA finals two years in a row. However, it is unlikely that they win the NBA championship last year without Love and his defense on Stephen Curry’s final shot.


Imagine a world where Kevin Love is a Warrior, Klay Thompson is a Timber wolf, and Andrew Wiggins is a Cavalier. Of all the trades in the past five years that have helped shape the NBA world, the Warriors saying no to Kevin Love for Klay Thompson is the most important trade that never happened.