Wolves Acquire Anthony Randolph


Wolves Acquire Anthony Randolph


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The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired forward Anthony Randolph, center Eddy Curry and cash considerations from the New York Knicks, as well a 2015 second-round draft pick from the Denver Nuggets, in a three-team deal. As part of the trade, the Wolves sent guard Corey Brewer to New York and center Kosta Koufos to Denver.

"We are excited to add a player like Anthony who is a young, athletic big man with a bright future. When given playing time, he has shown that he can produce in this league," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "We want to thank Corey and Kosta for their time with us, and wish them both the best of luck in the future.

"It is always hard to trade such exceptional men as Corey and Kosta. But the fact remains that we are overcapacity at the wing position, and with the arrival of Anthony would also have a hard time distributing minutes to all our young big men."

Randolph, 21, has career averages of 8.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 113 games (30 starts) for Golden State and New York. Randolph was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by Golden State and played two seasons with the Warriors before being traded to New York on July 9, 2010, with Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf in exchange for David Lee. He has appeared in 17 games this season with the Knicks, averaging 2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 7.5 mpg.

As the youngest player in the league at age 19 during the 2008-09 season, Randolph averaged 7.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 63 games. The following year, he averaged 11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.6 bpg in 33 games. Randolph recorded a career-high eight blocked shots on Dec. 23, 2009 at New Orleans, tying Dwight Howard for the NBA single-game high that season. He scored a career-high 28 points vs. Orlando on Dec. 5, 2009, and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds vs. San Antonio on April 13, 2009. Randolph played one season at Louisiana State University, averaging 15.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.26 bpg in 31 games in 2007-08.

Curry is a nine-year NBA veteran with career averages of 13.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg. He has not appeared in a game this season. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the fourth overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft and traded to New York in October of 2005.

Brewer played three-plus seasons in Minnesota, averaging 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 232 games. This season, Brewer is averaging 8.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 55 games. Brewer was the seventh overall pick by the Timberwolves in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Koufos was acquired by Minnesota on July 13 from Utah along with two first-round draft picks for Al Jefferson. He averaged 2.7 points (43.5 FG%) and 2.5 rebounds in 39 games with Minnesota this season.
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