FORMER UCLA B-BALL STANDOUT TYLER HONEYCUTT FOUND DEAD AFTER SHOOTOUT WITH COPS

LOS ANGELES, CA

Tyler Honeycutt, who was a standout player at UCLA and had a short stint in the NBA after being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, was found dead in his home of what police say was an apparent suicide, after he engaged the police in a brief shootout.

TMZ (@tmz) reports, officers were called to Honeycutt’s home in Sherman Oaks by a woman who said Honeycutt had been acting erratically. That woman turned out to be Honeycutt’s mother. Police went to Honeycutt’s home at around 5pm on Friday evening to check on the 27-year old. Upon arrival, Honeycutt reportedly opened fire on the police. Cops reportedly fired back, but did not hit Honeycutt with any of the shots fired. Honeycutt barricaded himself inside of the home for hours. SWAT finally entered the home early Saturday morning and found Honeycutt inside and unresponsive. The Fire Department declared Honeycutt dead at the scene.

LAPD reported that Honeycutt had not been hit by any police gunfire in the shootout with the police, but did say his injuries “were consistent with a self-inflicted wound.” No cops were hit in the brief shootout either. Police say they recovered a weapon at the scene.

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BROTHER OF SACRAMENTO KINGS FORWARD ZACH RANDOLPH SHOT AND KILLED OUTSIDE OF BAR

MARION, INDIANA

The brother of Sacramento Kings power forward Zach Randolph, was shot and killed outside of a bar in Indiana last night.

The Associated Press (@AP) reports, an officer in the area heard gunfire in the area at around 5am. When he arrived at the scene he found Roger Randolph on the ground bleeding as he lay between two cars parked outside of the Hop’s Blues Room in Marion, Indiana.

Police say they don’t know the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting, but don’t think it was a random attack. Cops believe Randolph was targeted or maybe even knew his murderer.

Zach Randolph grew up in Marion and was a standout player at Marion High School. Randolph headed off to Michigan to attend college before being drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 2001. Zach Randolph has played with five NBA teams (Portland Trailbazers, New York Knicks, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings) in his 17-year career in the league.

CLEVELAND CAVS CLEANING HOUSE

I thought the Isiah Thomas trade was going to be the only basketball news coming out of Cleveland today, but it looks like that was just the very beginning. The Cavs seem to be cleaning house. Adrian Wojnarski (@wojespn) has broken news of multiple trades involving the Cleveland Cavs in the last few minutes. The Utah Jazz trade sg/sf Rodney Hood to the Cavs. Utah also sent veteran wingman Joe Johnson to Sacramento. Cleveland sent Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to Utah. Sacramento sent pg George Hill to the Cavs. The Cavs weren’t done. Minutes later @wojespn reported that the Cavs sent pg/sg Iman Shumpert to Sacramento. If all that wasn’t enough for you, Cleveland then sent Dewayne Wade back to Miami for a second round pick. Cleveland looks like they moved all of their older players out to bring in a bunch of young players. Many of those trades involved friends of Lebron James’. Can’t help but to wonder how much input Lebron James had in all of these trades. My guess is all of this was 100% Lebron James doing. Do you think these moves will help Cleveland in its quest for a NBA Championship or were these moves just a desperate attempt by the Cavs that will ultimately fail?