Tim Kawakami writes in his Talking Points blog that the trade talks between the Warriors and Timberwolves might be a swap of Anthony Randolph for Kevin Love. Read the article here.
Kevin Love is a big power forward who would help one Warriors area of weakness — rebounding — but not the other (defense). Thefifth overall selection in the 2008 NBA draft, Love has career averages of 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.
Kawakami doesn’t think the trade talks about Randolph are an attempt by the Warriors to move up from No. 6 to No. 4. My assumption was that the talks were something along the lines of Randolph and the No. 6 for the No. 4. Kawakami disagrees, writing:
Again, I don’t know Minnesota does that deal (Randolph and filler — maybe C.J. Watson for Love). They’d probably offer the 4th and salaries for Randolph plus the 6th, and if I’m the Warriors there’s no way I give up to large pieces to move up only two slots. Randolph is much more valuable than that.
If I were the Warriors, I would trade Randolph and the No. 6 for the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft. Randolph is a nice player, but he has a lot of question marks (maturity and coachability). He seems like a reasonable piece to include in a trade to move up to the No. 4 spot in a draft that most experts believe has four — maybe five, if you count Wesley Johnson — impact players. It’s not just moving up two slots, it’s moving up enough to drastically improve your chances of gaining a potentially great player from this draft. Is Randolph worth that? I think so. If the Warriors stay at No. 6, there’s a chance that John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wesley Johnson are all off the board when the Warriors pick. Which means the Warriors would have to hope that a second-tier lottery prospect like Al Farouq Aminu or Ed Davis turns out to be a better player than projected.
What do you think?