The Warriors need to find support for David Lee in the power forward position, and reports that Anthony Randolph was seeking a return to Golden State had some believing the six-foot-11, 225-pound 23-year old was on his way back to Oakland.
The Warriors front office will have to look elsewhere for frontcourt help as Randolph signed a three-year, 6 million contract with the Denver Nuggets, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Randolph averaged 9.2 points, 6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 93 contests with the Warriors from 2008-2010.
Starting with Don Nelson and continuing in New York and Minnesota, coaches have had difficulty finding a defined role for Randolph, thanks to his unique size and skill set. Nuggets coach George Karl is next to be tasked with coaxing greatness from the high-ceilinged mismatch.
Randolph, the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, joins a crowded frontcourt in Denver, occupied by JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, and Timofey Mozgov.
There was speculation after Randolph's rookie season with the Warriors that he would blossom into an All-Star. When his production didn't vastly improve his sophomore season, he was packaged with Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike and sent to New York in exchange for the man who now needs frontcourt support, David Lee.
Is this a blessing in disguise for the Warriors, or would Randolph's return have made them better? And how should they bolster their frontcourt, now?
SAN ANTONIO -- With a bag of ice strapped to his left knee, Stephen Curry limped out of AT&T Center after Warriors shootaround Monday showing the effects of a play he considered dirty.
With less than four minutes remaining in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Spurs backup center Dewayne Dedmon set a screen on Curry in hopes of creating space for guard Dejounte Murray.
What Curry took issue with was not the screen itself but Dedmon’s movement. He deliberately turned his left knee and banged it into the side of Curry’s knee, which buckled and sent the Warriors star sprawling to the floor.
“I saw the replay,” Curry said after shootaround, clearly displeased.
That the Warriors did not list Curry on their morning injury report for Game 4 Monday night does not make the pronounced limp any less real, and he conceded his gait is affected by that play.
“I know (Dedmon is) not a dirty player,” Curry told ESPN on Sunday. “I'm not going to try to mess up his reputation, but I feel like that was a dirty play."
Asked Monday about those comments, Curry expressed no regret.
“Yeah, that’s what I said,” he said.
Dedmon and Curry are former Warriors teammates. Dedmon spent part of the 2013-14 season between the Golden State Warriors and the Development League Santa Cruz Warriors.
CLEVELAND — Avery Bradley's 3-pointer dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions' 13-game postseason winning streak.
Bradley's shot from the left wing bounced on the rim four times before going down. It capped a furious comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter before rallying to tighten up a series that appeared to be over.
Marcus Smart scored 27 points, and Bradley had 20 for the Celtics. They were given little chance after losing by 44 in Game 2 and then losing Thomas for the rest of the postseason because of a hip injury.
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and Kevin Love 28 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1 in the postseason with their first loss since Game 4 of last year's Finals.