Steve Kerr, on whether Warriors made the right choice in not trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love: ‘Apparently’

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Golden State ran its current winning streak to 13 games with another easy victory on Monday, and is now off to an absurd 18-2 start to the season.

The fact that the latest triumph came in Minnesota was reason enough to revisit one of the team’s very public offseason decisions.

As the Timberwolves shopped Kevin Love in trade, the Warriors had the assets to get a deal done. The sticking point was Klay Thompson; Minnesota would have required him to be included in any package, and while there was some disagreement inside the organization on whether or not to pull the trigger, Golden State ultimately passed, reportedly due to concerns specifically on defense.

Steve Kerr was asked a somewhat silly question about it all, and gave an appropriately wise response.

From Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

So did the Warriors do right when they refused to trade young shooting guard Klay Thompson to the Timberwolves last summer in a deal that would have brought them Kevin Love?

“Apparently,” Warriors new coach Steve Kerr said slyly. …

“These kinds of discussions happen all the time in the NBA, the difference now is they’re always public,” Kerr said about a trade on the verge of happening around draft time until the Warriors backed away. “You can’t have private discussions about anything. For me as a new coach, what I saw was maybe the best backcourt in the NBA and a chance to keep the group together. That’s pretty powerful, especially when you know you’re already pretty good.”

Thompson has shown marked improvement on both ends of the floor, which makes him a greater asset than he was at the time the deal was being discussed. And about those defensive worries? Through 20 games this season, the Warriors are leading the league on that end of the floor by allowing the fewest points (94.5) per 100 possessions.

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There’s no reason to dispute the obvious, so it was nice to see Kerr be straightforward here, instead of needlessly scrambling for a more politically correct answer.