Free agent forward Anthony Randolph would like to return tothe Warriors, according to a report in the Bay Area News Group. The Warriorsdrafted Randolph with the No. 14 pick in 2008.He came into training camp his first season with enormousexpectations fueled in large part by then-coach Don Nelson but never cameclose to contributing on a consistent basis.He played two years and was included in the David Leesign-and-trade.Since the Warriors, Randolph has continued his undistinguishedcareer with the Knicks and Timberwolves. Now, according to reports, he wants tocome back to Golden State.Well, its tough to see that happening unless Randolph isone of two frontcourt signings of which, hell be the lesser name. Heres thereason: The Warriors need someone more consistent and more reliable thanRandolph. If you look at the roster, the most glaring hole at this point is thebackup power forward spot.They need to find a player to give Lee some support, andthat player has to be there night in and night out. Thats pretty much exactlywhat Randolph is not.Think about this one The most games Randolph has played ina season was 63 and that was his rookie year with the Warriors. Remember allthe consternation and discussion about whether Randolph should have beengetting more playing time back then?Randolphs career has not progressed the way many thought itwould. Some saw him as a dynamic kind of small forward, with the ability tohave a mismatch every game.Some predicted Randolph would be an all-star typeplayer.Instead, Randolph remains an enigma and a player who has yetto find his niche. It would be one thing for the Warriors to bring Randolphinto camp at low money and see what he might be able to contribute.It would be quite another if they sign Randolph to be Leesprimary backup.
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."
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.