With people and even apparently the Warriors front office thinking about trading Anthony Randolph, my first reaction was, "Oh, hell noooooo!"
After giving it more thought, I remain somewhere between stupefied, angry (that this would even be mentioned), and frightened that we might mortgage our future.
I think maybe some people are proposing trades of Randolph because they forget what we have here. Here are a couple of clips to remind you.
Here is Anthony vs. Utah:
Here is just a combination clip:
Hopefully, these clips reminded everyone of what we might have been able to forget over the last few months where a badly sprained ankle took out Randolph.
The kid can play and can dominate for stretches. Let me remind you all that he is just 20 (not baseball "20," but a legit 20), that he has put on muscle each of the last two years, he works hard in practice and if anything plays too hard during games, and has a shot that is coming along.
And we want to trade him why?
Apparently we are giving up this amazing basketball specimen to move up two spots to get DeMarcus Cousins, straight up for the No. 4 pick in the draft, or for Kevin Love and change. If they gave us Love and the No. 4 pick I would do it, but they are not. I would maybe do it if they offered Maggette and Randolph for Jefferson and the No. 4.
Love is a very good player. He is a plus-rebounder, an efficient scorer, great passer, and has 3-point range. But he is a bad defender and is already finding his ceiling as a player. Cousins, who I assume we want at No. 4, was one of the most dominant college players ever, but has attitude problems like "sometimes I don't want to play hard, play defense," and takes bad shots. Even with that, I would love him if he dropped to us and would give up some talent to get to the No. 4 pick... just not Randolph.
Imagine a healthy Randolph next year playing with Curry. Slamming home alley oops. Emerging as what he is destined to become—a combination of Kevin Garnett, Josh Smith, and Lamar Odom.
I can be super excited about watching the Warriors with, for me at least, the most exciting Warrior still on the team. Loving Anthony Randolph is a little like loving the Warriors. Anybody can love the Lakers with their incessant winning, but it takes a true fan to watch a team develop. I was watching the Warriors as an avid fan for over a decade before "We Believe." It just made it so much sweeter.
In the same way, it has been a joy to watch Randolph play. I am always willing to go to a game he is playing in, just to watch him. I can take losing if we have a young core to develop, but if I have to watch the most excitingly gifted Warrior I have ever seen leave town, it will be harder than the decade of losing.
In Anthony Randolph I trust.