A short news note that probably will relieve most Warriors fans:
-Several NBA sources said over the weekend that the Warriors and
Minnesota are no longer having trade discussions about Anthony Randolph
heading to the Timberwolves.
“Not happening,” one league source said. “Dead.”
It’s unclear how serious the two teams ever got–ESPN.com first reported the talks earlier this month. And I’d heard for a while that Minnesota was very interested in adding Randolph in an effort to change-up their front-line chemistry and that, at the very least, the Warriors would listen.
It’s not out of the question that the Warriors could explore moving Randolph again, whether it’s to Minnesota or to another interested team.
But one source said that Warriors GM Larry Riley is telling the truth about being inundated with is-Randolph-available? calls from other teams once word broke about the talks with Minnesota.
As pointed out earlier, it’s also likely that the Warriors’ sale situation tangles every major trade discussion–how can Riley make a deal involving a potentially huge piece of the future without knowing what the next owner wants?
Conclusion: If so many teams want Randolph, Riley rightly doesn’t want to be known as the GM who traded such a valuable property a year or two before Randolph could potentially bloom into one of the most versatile big men in the league.