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Warriors deal for Kevin Love appears to hit impasse

AP file Photo

AP file photo

Klay Thompson (right) apparently is a sticking point in a potential deal between the Warriors and Timberwolves.

Potential deals are often declared dead whenever talks reach an impasse and neither side seems willing to budge.

And as of Monday, that’s exactly where things stood in the proposed trade that would send Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Golden State Warriors.

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A league source told the Globe that the deal was dead after the Warriors refused to include guard Klay Thompson, a player the Timberwolves have demanded be involved.

While it’s possible that talks could resume — including after Thursday’s draft — it’s uncertain whether the Warriors will change their mind on Thompson, a strong shooter and perimeter defender.

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The Warriors were considered the front-runners to land Love, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

Several teams remain interested in acquiring Love, including the Celtics, but a league source said the front-runners might now be the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

Both the Bulls and Nuggets have proven players they could deal. League sources say the Timberwolves prefer quality players over draft picks.

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ESPN.com reported that Chicago could offer Taj Gibson, Tony Snell, and the No. 16 and 19 picks in the first round of this year’s draft. The Nuggets reportedly are offering a package centered on Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler.

Boston reportedly is offering its two first-round picks this year (No. 6 and No. 17), forward Kelly Olynyk, and a potential first-round pick.

However, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe recently that he envisions using both first-round picks this year.

“That’s probably the most likely scenario that happens, so that’s why we spend so much time on the draft,” said Ainge.

Baxter Holmes can be reached at baxter.holmes@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.
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