Team and league sources confirmed Tuesday that the Warriors have included second-year forward Anthony Randolph's name in trade discussions.
Golden State once exalted Randolph as the face of the young, promising core around which the franchise was to be built. But in just under a season and two months, Randolph has gone from possible draft-day coup to the Warriors' latest trade bait.
One of the team sources said the Warriors aren't necessarily looking to get rid of Randolph but are willing to trade him if doing so would improve the team.
That's what happens when you're 7-17 and have lost seven of your past eight games — the last defeat being to a team, the Philadelphia 76ers, riding a 12-game skid.
Randolph was deemed the starting power forward in the offseason and was invited to participate in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas after a dominant summer league.
But one Eastern Conference executive said Randolph's stock is down around the league.
Teams are concerned about his play and effort, the source said, and think he spends too much time on the perimeter (not everyone sees him as a small-forward-to-be). His talent is obvious, the source said, but Randolph is closer to seeking a big payday after his rookie contract expires than he is to realizing his jaw-dropping potential.
Another Warriors source said no one on the roster is off limits, and Yahoo! Sports quoted an anonymous Eastern Conference executive as saying every Warrior "could be had."
There are players they'd prefer to keep, however. A team source said the Warriors don't want to trade guards Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow but aren't in a position to overlook any option.
Ellis has taken his game to new heights since the Nov. 16 trade of swingman Stephen Jackson and could become the Warriors' first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Ellis is averaging 26.8 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 steals in 42.9 minutes per game since the trade. That has no doubt increased his value, but he'd be risky to move.
Curry has had his struggles the first 24 games of his rookie season. Coach Don Nelson considers him the best passer on the team, and he's probably its best ballhandler. But he's turned the ball over frequently, his outside shot has been sporadic and he's having a hard time on defense.
Still, the Warriors like Curry's potential, and trading him would be a serious change of pace. He was No. 2 on their draft board (behind Blake Griffin) in June, and management all but did the Electric Slide when Curry was available at No. 7.
"He is not going to be traded," Nelson said after Curry's introductory news conference. "He was drafted because we think he is going to be a terrific player, and he's going to be right here."
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