The Lakers have been in discussions to acquire Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for the seventh pick in next week's draft, The Times has learned.

The deal would be part of a larger three-way trade that sends Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Lakers are interested but the deal has been put on hold because of a difference in opinion within the Warriors'€™ organization whether or not to keep Thompson while trying to obtain Love.

Thompson, 24, averaged 18.4 points this season for the Warriors and became one of the league'€™s most potent three-point shooters. He is under contract for $4.5 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent.

Thompson increased his scoring average by almost two points last season and improved his shooting percentage from 42.2 percent to 44.4 percent. He made 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts last season.

The Lakers are debating what to do with the pick if they hang onto it. They have sold or traded every first-round pick they'€™ve had since 2007 and do not have one next season because of the Steve Nash trade.

They are pondering whether to go with a power forward or point guard. They have narrowed their focus to big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton.