Over the course of the past few days, there have beenreports saying the Warriors have interest in New Orleans point guard Chris Pauland that the Hornets like Golden State point guard Stephen Curry.Both of those things may be true, but lets be clear: Thenotion of the Warriors acquiring Paul is unrealistic for tworeasons.First, it is unlikely the Warriors would trade for Paul particularly if its for Curry without Paul agreeing to an extension thatwould keep him in Golden State beyond this season.And Paul is not going to sign an extension. He made it clearrecently hes going to test the free agent market next summer. So, unless theWarriors want to flirt with disaster which would be letting go of Currylong-term for 66 games with Paul, its tough to see the move happening.Reason No. 2 is just as important. The Warriors have nofirst-round picks to give up for Paul or any other player they hope toacquire in a trade. Not for a while anyway. Bottom line is the Warriors cannotmake a trade that involves a first-round pick until 2016.Thats right. 2016.The reason for that stems from the acquisition of MarcusWilliams a few years back from New Jersey, involving a conditional first-roundselection. That pick has subsequently been traded to Utah, but it still affectsthe Warriors.Because the pick is top-7 protected in 2012 and 2013 andtop-six protected in 2014, the Warriors cant dangle any first-round pick until2016.NBA teams are prevented from trading first-round picks inconsecutive years. So without the Warriors knowing when that pick willeventually be conveyed, they cant trade a first-round pick.The fact that they dont have a pick to trade for Paul is akiller because the Hornets and any team thinking of trading a star player -- aregoing to likely want at least one pick, and perhaps multiple picks, to rebuildwith.
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.