Meet Anthony Randolph, Trade Bait

by December 16, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

This season, much has been made about Don Nelson’s refusal to give second-year forward Anthony Randolph an adequate amount of playing time. Most people were confused by this decision (he’s Nellie after all), and Warriors fans for the most part were infuriated.

According to multiple reports out of the Bay Area, the Warriors might not need to deal with the Randolph “problem” for much longer, as the team is said to be willing to trade him.

From the San Fransisco Chronicle:

Anthony Randolph is among the players the Warriors are shopping in trade talks, according to two high-level NBA executives, though team sources say no move is imminent.

Tuesday’s news is a drastic change from a month ago. During the Stephen Jackson trade talks, which culminated with a Nov. 16 transaction, potential suitors were told that Randolph was off limits. A lot has changed since then, and trades for Randolph are being considered. It has become obvious that Monta Ellis can be a leader, and it is equally obvious that he needs a star to play alongside him.

It’s no secret that Randolph is unhappy in Golden State; most times he either seems to be on the verge of crying, or he’s shouting at his coach (Nellie or his replacement, Keith Smart.) What’s interesting and a tad crazy is that the Warriors recognize that his attitude is an issue, but that his talent is also “limitless”. So naturally, they must get rid of him. Brilliant.

For what it’s worth, here are the names being reportedly considered in the trade discussions: Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler, Tyrus Thomas, David West and Chris Bosh.