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5 Reasons Why Kevin Love Trade Would Be Great For Golden State Warriors

5 Reasons Why Kevin Love Trade Would Be Great For Golden State Warriors

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With Klay Thompson reportedly added into the mix, the Golden State Warriors now have a very real chance of landing Kevin Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The other major piece in the deal from Golden State's side of things would be David Lee, an offensive-oriented power forward set to make $ 30 million over the next two years. Here are five reasons why this trade would be brilliant for the Warriors.

5. Harrison Barnes Gets Chance to Harness Potential

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5. Harrison Barnes Gets Chance to Harness Potential

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With the signing of Andre Iguodala last summer and Thompson's strong hold on the starting spot at shooting guard, Harrison Barnes was relegated to the bench last season. Barnes' vast potential isn't exactly a secret, and the Love trade would open up a spot in the starting lineup for him by moving Thompson out of the way. Looking at the big picture, this could be a blessing for the Warriors.

4. No Drop-off on Defense From Lee to Love

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4. No Drop-off on Defense From Lee to Love

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The biggest knock on Love is his weak defense. The same is true of David Lee, but the Warriors found a way to mask his deficiencies last season en route to finishing third in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Removing Lee and plugging Love into his spot produces huge net gains on offense and wouldn't hurt Golden State at the defensive end.

3. Warriors Would Be Able to Match the West's Other Star Power Forwards

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3. Warriors Would Be Able to Match the West's Other Star Power Forwards

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The Western Conference is incredibly deep at power forward, boasting the likes of Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Serge Ibaka, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph and (possibly) Pau Gasol. Acquiring Love would allow Golden State to get on the level of the rest of the West. Lee was and is a solid player, but he couldn't consistently measure up to most of those players.

2. Stephen Curry Wouldn't Be Alone in Crunch Time

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2. Stephen Curry Wouldn't Be Alone in Crunch Time

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Gone would be the days of Stephen Curry playing hero ball by himself at the end of close games. Love constitutes a legitimate second option, possessing a quality post game and a threatening jump shot.

1. Love's 3-Point Shooting

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1. Love's 3-Point Shooting

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Love would fit like a glove in Golden State's three-happy offense. He attempted seven three pointers per game in 2013-14, more than any power forward who played more than 25 games. Love would bring more floor spacing and jump shooting to a team that already has plenty of both.

Sean Sarcu is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.