The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have had discussions about a trade that would send forward Anthony Randolph to the Timberwolves, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.
No trade is imminent, but the Timberwolves have strong interest in acquiring the 20-year-old Randolph. The Warriors, who own the sixth pick in this year's NBA draft, would like to move up to get a higher selection. Minnesota has the fourth pick.
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Clearly, the Warriors see the talented but raw Randolph as the bait to help them improve their draft position. And the Timberwolves, who are stacked at power forward and point guard, may be willing to swap spots, especially if they can add a prospect.
Should Golden State give up so soon on Randolph?
Sure, the LSU product had his spats with Coach Don Nelson, but feuding with grumpy old Nellie is almost a rite of passage these days. And Randolph has the kind of rare physical gifts and natural talent scouts look for.
Instead of looking at trade options, the Warriors should focus on providing their youngster with an opportunity to succeed. This means creating a positive atmosphere and finding him real, legitimate mentors.
On second thought, it would probably easier for dysfunctional Golden State to just deal Randolph.
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