All because they chose team continuity over one superstar.
To the narrow-minded sports fanatics who, according to one Warriors’ fan, tend to “separate players into stardom tiers” and evaluate teams through what can be called a “winning fantasy league strategy”, Thompson should have been traded for Love the moment ESPN reported that Love was interested in signing long term with Golden State.
The fact that David Lee was being included in the deal apparently didn’t matter at all, nor did the inclusion of Harrison Barnes. The reports of Minnesota insisting on Golden State possibly including a first round pick in the deal had no difference on public opinion, and some tend to avoid mentioning the Wolves’ aggressive push to get rid of Kevin Martin‘s contract.
However, when analyzing the situation further in an attempt to locate the source of this not-so-golden state of mind, it becomes so much more clear that the Warriors’ decision against a possible Love trade effectively made Klay Thompson into a scapegoat.