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Warriors quiet on draft day, but could make some noise later in offseason

OAKLAND, Calif.--The Golden State Warriors as expected stood on the sideline unable to acquire a draft pick, but landing Minnesota's Kevin Love does at least remain a possibility.

The Timberwolves went through Thursday's NBA draft without unloading their star forward for draft picks that other teams could have offered.

Asked about Love, Warriors general manager Bob Myers laughed and asked for the next question.

"I don't have anything to say right now," Myers said.

Asked about the possibility of a major deal, Myers said it continues to be "unlikely" but left open the possibility that things could change quickly.

"In relation to any trade, things are always ongoing," Myers said.

The Warriors' Andre Iguodala wasn't as quiet about revealing his opinion on what the team should not do in order to land Love.

"We should not trade Klay Thompson," Iguodala told Sirius XM radio. "I tell Klay this every day. I text Klay and say, 'Don't worry. I'm your man. I'm going to make sure you get paid. I'm going to get you the max (contract). You'll be taken care of. Don't stress.'

"Klay really loves it in the Bay, and this is his first time going through trade rumors, and I've been through it many times, especially being in Philly. But Klay is my main man. I love Klay to death. One of my favorite people in the world even though he doesn't speak. But we're going to get Klay paid this year. He's going to be a Warrior for life."

Said Myers: "Clearly as evidenced by the draft, by standing pat, I think it does show faith in the current construction of our roster."

Myers said that given the Warriors did not have a pick and could not use cash to acquire one, the team in recent days has focused its energy on how to address its needs in free agency.

One possibility, especially if the Warriors don't trade for Love, is jump-shooting forward Channing Frye, who is being recruited by Iguodala, his former University of Arizona teammate.

"I've talked to Channing a few times," Iguodala said on the radio. "I told him how great the Bay was. I told him how his family would enjoy it. I know his family well. My family knows his family, so it wouldn't be strangers. I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him.

"I like to pass a lot. I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he'll be able to shoot the rock."

Frye, 31, shot 37 percent from 3-point range in what could be his final season for the Phoenix Suns after he declined a $6.8 million option, opting out of the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract.

The Warriors can sign a player using the midlevel exception and also have a $9.8 million traded player exception that could help them acquire a player without having to match that salary.

"It was a pretty quiet day today," Myers said.

"As I sit here tonight, there's nothing in the hopper for us."

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