OAKLAND – Warriors general manager Bob Myers met with local media Friday and quickly set the ground rules for the session.
He would not address the ongoing speculation regarding the potential acquisition of Timberwolves forward Kevin Love – or whether Warriors guard Klay Thompson might be part of a trade package.
"You have responsibility to ask those questions, and things get reported," Myers said. "But I can't respond to specific questions about any trades."
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Myers then attempted to lower the volume of such conversation – sort of.
"Probably right now, unlikely," he said of the possibility of a megadeal that would dramatically recast the 2014-15 Warriors.
"But I will say this: If you'd have 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. I know it may be hard to believe, but I could get up from this little caucus and five minutes later my phone rings. And it's a deal that I hadn't thought of and nobody had thought of and all of a sudden you're going down that path.
"But right now, it's unlikely. Right now. Today."
Well then. It is safe to presume negotiations will continue. There have been several permutations, but the central figures are David Lee and Thompson from the Warriors, and Kevin Martin and Love from the Timberwolves.
It's evident that Myers – and presumably every member of the brain trust – would be exceedingly reluctant to include Thompson in any deal, including one that would yield an All-Star power forward.
Thompson routinely defends the most dangerous guard on the opposing team, freeing point guard Stephen Curry from such demanding duty. Thompson also stretches the floor with his long-distance shooting.
Myers described Thompson's value as "extremely high" not just with the Warriors but around the league.
"We think he's been great," he said. "The best thing about him that we've seen is improvement. Everybody that watched him last year, especially near the end of the season, saw him really (improve) as far as getting to the basket and expanding his game.
"That skill set . . . in baseball they call somebody a five-tool guy. There's not much that Klay doesn't do. And the nice thing about him is that he hasn't reached his ceiling. He has a high ceiling and can only get better."