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Friday , Jun , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to trade Anthony Randolph to Timberwolves?

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.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Expect the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves to be active before the NBA Draft.

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.

Got thoughts on the Warriors and Timberwolves talking trade?

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Tuesday , May , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Ricky Rubio: I’m Glad I Stayed in Barcelona

Though Rubio was unwilling to move immediately to the NBA after he was drafted fifth last summer, he could yet head to the United States if he exercises his opt-out clause 12 months from now. However, he remains convinced that he made the right choice to stay at home.

"To be in the Final Four of the Euroleague, this is where I want to be," said the recipient of the league's Rising Star Award, given annually to the best young player. "I've worked hard to make it to this goal. And this shows me that I chose the best option. I am so happy on this team. These players help me improve every day and so do the assistant coaches and other staff."

The Wolves, should they decide to retain Rubio's rights rather than package him to move up in June's draft, hold an appreciating asset. Team sources confirm that since he helped the Spanish national team to last year's European championship, he has spent extended time in the weight room for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Barcelona's coaches have put in overtime to work on his shooting mechanics. 


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Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Darko Milicic Wants to Stay in Minnesota

Lost in New York City and all but headed home to Europe only six weeks ago, Darko Milicic now by the day sounds more and more like a man who believes he has found a home in Minnesota.
"I like it here," he said after the Timberwolves practiced Thursday. "There's nothing they've done to not make me stay here, but you never know. If these guys want me to stay, be on the same page for next year, why not stay here?"

Of course, there's the little matters of negotiation and money for a 24-year-old center whose contract and $7.5 million salary expire after this season, which has only seven games left.

"You never know, it's the NBA," Milicic said. "You never know what will happen in the summertime, how things can go. Next year? Until I sign it, I can't tell you if I'll be here or not."