NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

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NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

With 19 games left in the season, the Warriors are 20-27, five games behind the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If they were in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors would be just three games behind the Knicks for the No.8 seed, with two games in hand.

Should the club shut down Stephen Curry for the remainder of the season, and hope he can get to full strength before next season?

Are the Chicago Bulls the favorite to reach the NBA Finals out of the East?

1 (1)Chicago BullsThibodeau working on second straight Coach of Year award2 (3)Oklahoma City Thunder
Impressive showdown win against Heat on Sunday3 (2)Miami HeatBest home record of any NBA team: 20-24 (4)San Antonio SpursStephen Jackson: Under control and helping5 (6)L.A. LakersControversy in L.A.: Kobe Bryant sits late vs. Memphis6 (6)Orlando MagicGive Stan Van Gundy credit for holding this team together7 (7)L.A. ClippersBlake Griffin needs to get in gym and work on game this summer8 (9)Dallas MavericksIt's almost as if the Mavs wrote this season off9 (12)Indiana PacersBird stepping down after Pacers back on track10 (15)Atlanta HawksHawks win first four-OT game in NBA since 199711 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly slumping but there's still time12 (8)Memphis GrizzliesHow long will Zach Randolph come off the bench?13 (16)Utah JazzIs Tyrone Corbin in Coach of Year discussion?14 (17)Boston CelticsCeltics vs. Miami would be wonderful first-round matchup15 (14)Houston RocketsWinning despite being without Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry16 (10)Denver NuggetsNuggets on outside and looking in on playoffs right now17 (13)Phoenix SunsAlvin Gentry has done nice job in Phoenix18 (19)New York KnicksMike Woodson making a case to be Knicks coach next season19 (20)Minnesota TimberwolvesLoss of Ricky Rubio has put damper on T-Wolves season20 (18)Milwaukee BucksMonta Ellis deferring on offense so far21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersFor one night -- against Warriors -- Raymond Felton gets it going22 (22)WarriorsWe'll find out more about rest of Stephen Curry's season this week23 (24)Sacramento KingsUnreal: Kings commit six turnovers in final 3:20 vs. Warriors24 (23)Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving locking down Rookie of the Year award25 (26)Toronto RaptorsAndrea Bargnani: 27 percent from 3-point range26 (25)Detroit PistonsGreg Monroe: 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds per game27 (27)New Jersey Nets
Deron Williams shooting career-worst .413 this season28 (28)New Orleans Hornets
After winning a ring, never the same: Trevor Ariza29 (29)Washington WizardsNeeds more of a killer instinct: Nene30 (30)Charlotte Bobcats2-8 in last 10; that's very good for Bobcats

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have swung their first deal of the Magic Johnson Era, agreeing to send Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick.

Brewer's agent Wallace Prather confirmed the terms of the trade, which were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports. Neither team immediately revealed the trade publicly.

"Thanx for the love L.A., I've enjoyed my stay," Williams wrote on Twitter.

Williams led the Lakers in scoring at 18.6 points per game, playing off the bench. Brewer was averaging 4.2 points for Houston.

The trade came hours after the Lakers announced the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations - part of a massive front office shake-up.

And while the draft pick will help the Lakers' future, the Rockets just got deeper.

Williams has scored more points off the bench than anyone else in the NBA this season - and Eric Gordon, the newly crowned 3-point shootout champion at All-Star weekend - is No. 2 on that list.

Reserves have three games of 35 points or more in the NBA this season, all by Williams, all in a dazzling seven-day span in early December. He had 40 points against Memphis, 38 against Utah and 35 against Phoenix.

Williams has also been to the playoffs six times with three different teams, seeing action in 41 postseason contests. He's under contract for $7 million next season.

Brewer is also under contract for next season, at about $7.6 million.

"Thanks to everyone in the Houston Rockets organization for my time here," Brewer wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "A special thanks to all the great fans of the Rockets for making this city a special place to live and play."

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.