What If The Warriors Accepted The Amar’e For Steph Curry Trade on Draft Night?
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Everybody has played the “What if” game asking, “What if the Wolves would have drafted Steph Curry instead of Ricky Rubio or Jonny Flynn with the 5th and 6th pick in the 2009 NBA draft.” What most people don’t know is how Curry could have ended up with the Phoenix Suns on that draft night via a trade for Amar’e Stoudemire. Hmmmm…think about the Suns playing small ball with Steve Nash, Steph Curry, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill and Channing Frye. And who was the man behind this plan? None other than former Suns GM and current Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr.
VIA Mercury News
Q: Were you guys close to a trade with the Warriors for Curry?
KERR: It was close. There was not a deal done. But it was tricky because of Amare’s physical situation. Because he had bad knees, any deal that we were going to make would’ve been subject to a physical…
But we were very far down the road.
I think we felt like from our side that if Steph dropped to 7 where they were picking that we were going to get a deal done. That’s what it felt like.
At the time with all the discussions… we had a lot of discussions, Larry and I did. But again that’s all part of the way things work in the NBA–until something is approved by the league office, you can’t count on it.
We felt pretty good about it, though.
Q: But the moment when the Warriors took Curry, were you thinking they were selecting him to trade to you?
KERR: Not necessarily. But we felt like he was going to go the pick before to Minnesota and when he didn’t, to me, I mean, Curry was the obvious pick regardless of who was picking next.
I know the Knicks were dying to get him at 8 or 9, whatever their pick was…
And we looked at him as the next Nash, the point guard of the future. I’m sure the Warriors once they got their hands on him, I’m sure they were thinking the same thing, ‘We’ve got our point guard of the future.’
In the video above, YouTuber Nick Smith contemplates Steph in a Suns uniform and how things would have worked out for them and the Warriors.
But in reality, what ended up happening were moments like this.
And as fate would have it, Kerr still found a way to bring Nash and Curry together.