Warriors-Bobcats: What to watch for

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Warriors-Bobcats: What to watch for

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The Golden State Warriors open up a four-game road tripSaturday against the Charlotte Bobcats. The combined record of the teams(Charlotte, Detroit, Cleveland, New Jersey) the Warriors play on this trip is12-34.Here are a few things to watch for during tonightsgame:

Scoring issues: Dont expect it to be ahigh-scoring game. The Bobcats are among the worst teams in the league when itcomes to points per game (89.3) and the Warriors are averaging 93.9 points pergame. The Warriors have played their best in recent games when theyve beenable to speed up the pace, but they havent been able to play that wayconsistently this season.Mullens improving: Charlotte center ByronMullens is beginning to make an impact. Hes averaging 12.4 points in 21minutes per game, and hes been playing even better recently. Mullens hasscored 54 points in the past three games, and hell be someone the Warriors minus Kwame Brown will have to deal with.Closing on road: The Warriors are 0-3 onthe road this season, but havent played badly in those games. They wereinvolved in a close game before caving in the fourth quarter against Phoenix,they were leading San Antonio late and they had a chance in the final fewminutes against the Lakers. But the Warriors didnt make enough plays in any ofthose games. Against the teams theyre playing on this trip, the Warriors wouldfigure to have better chances than on the previous trip.

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.