Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game


Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game

Free agent center Tyson Chandler, whom the Warriors hope tosign before the start of the 2011-12 season, was at Candlestick Park on Sunday,taking in the 49ers-Rams game.Chandler, who anchored the Dallas Mavericks championshipdefense, is perhaps the most coveted player in this years free agent class.And the Warriors have made him their No. 1 target.It is unknown whether or not Chandler is in town to meetwith Warriors officials. Nothing has been set up at this time, according toseveral people familiar with the situation. In addition, it is unknown how manymembers of the Warriors front office group are in the Bay Area at this time.

Interestingly, there is nothing preventing Chandler fromworking out on Monday at the Warriors downtown Oakland practice facility. Atpresent, with the collective bargaining agreement not yet finalized, every teamfacility is open to any player.If Chandler were to bump into a team official and chat, thatwould be OK, too. But teams and players cant enter into any oral contractagreements until the CBA is ratified.Most Warriors players were expected to return to the BayArea on Sunday and begin working out on Monday. Players can have only limitedcontact with team personnel at this point.Chandler, 7-foot-1, is considered one of the leagues bestdefensive centers, and interior defense is the among the Warriors biggestproblems. Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.8 minutes pergame last season for Dallas.Signing Chandler doesnt come without risk. He made 12.6million last season, and he is said to be asking for more than that in Year No.1 of what will likely be a four-year contract.That is a lot of money, and it would likely require theWarriors to use the amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins, something the team isreluctant to do because it believes it can trade Biedrins.Chandler also has injury history with his left ankle andtoe and has missed significant chunks of two of the past threeseasons.

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.