According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, the Warriors are close to signing free-agent swingman Rodney Carney:
Warriors and Rodney Carney appear headed to a contract. No. 16 pick in 2006 still looking for breakthrough season.
Howard-Cooper is right: Carney has yet to break out after four years of mediocre-at-best play. For his career, Carney’s averaged 6.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, but has converted only 42.2 percent of his shot attempts. However, he could be useful as a back-end rotation wing in Don Nelson’s offense, due to his athleticism and energy.
Carney, 26, spent the first two years of his career with the 76ers before they dealt him to Minnesota in order to clear cap space to sign Elton Brand. Last year, Carney and the 76ers reunited on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. He posted career lows in scoring (4.7 points) and playing time (12.6 minutes) despite Philadelphia’s lack of depth on the wings.