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Stephen Curry responds to “cooling” Chris Paul trade rumors

Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

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There was a time, just 24 hours ago, when Stephen Curry being the heart of a trade that brought Chris Paul to Golden State looked very possible. (As much as anything looks possible in a whirlwind of rumors.)

But the Warriors are reluctant to send Curry out, tweeted Marc Stein of ESPN.

CP3 Update: Source close to process tells ESPN that NOR talks w/GSW “definitely cooling” because of GSW refusal to put Steph Curry in deal

Curry is trying to keep his head down and ignore the rumors through all of this. But after practice today Matt Steinmetz of got Curry’s reaction to maybe staying put rather than heading to the Big Easy.

“Really? Sigh of relief for me. No, just playing. This is the time of year with big free agents and especially with the lockout and things condensed into a short period of time, it’s pretty much predictable there are going to be a lot of rumors going around.

“Just focused on being back here, being with my teammates. Being happy being a Warrior. I’m not really worried about everything that’s circulating outside of the gym…..

“I talked to (general manager) Larry, (Riley) and talked to coach (Mark) Jackson about it. They told me pretty much the same thing: You’re safe and secure here. They want me here.

“Obviously, there’s the business of basketball and there are things that may happen with a GM having to make a decision for the best interest of the team. When you have a guy like Chris Paul, who is a franchise player, that’s something you really have to think about it with anybody on the roster. I understand that. I’m not going to be upset if they entertained that.
“It’s nice to be in the conversation with a guy like that. I know myself, I’d be part of a package, but that’s something that’s going to happen when you’re in this career, in this business, and you’ve got to run with it.”

I like Curry, but I find it hard to believe the Warriors would not include him in a deal for Paul, unless the Warriors were not confident they could sign Paul to a long-term deal. You don’t want to give up Curry for nothing, but if the question is Curry and Klay Thompson for Paul, well, that’s not much of a question. (That said, a lot of teams seem to be balking at Paul trades if he does not commit to re-signing with them.) The Warriors courting of Tyson Chandler — the center Paul said would be key to him signing an extension in Golden State — could play into all of this.

Whatever the case, Curry is not worried about it.

  1. richfactor - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Curry is my favorite Warrior but if Paul will sign an extension and Chandler gets on board, we will be legit.

  2. brooklynbulls - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    It seems no one is tlaking about Paul’s bum knee. I remember b4 NO traded Collison they were entertaining the thought of going with him at pg and trading Paul, cuz supposedly Paul’s injury would seriously limit his career and he was never going to be the same player. Its not as dire as say B. Roy’s situation, but teams are considering giving up key players to go with CP3 long term now.

    • ajrisher - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:30 AM

      New Orleans can say the same about Curry’s ankle, hes always having trouble and multiple surgeries… Case and point…

  3. kinggw - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    If the inclusion of Curry is holding up a deal for Chris Paul, the Warrior’s front office is a joke. Curry may be a fan favorite, but he is replaceable. There are plenty of shooters around the league.

  4. bparmalee - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    The Warriors should not trade Curry for Paul unless he agrees to an extension (which he wont). He wants to be a Knick and this Chandler nonsense seems to be a way to hoax people into overpaying for his buddy. So over bid for Chandler… get Paul for a year… then you get to watch him leave for New York first chance he gets. Teams shouldnt give the Hornets anything because teams like the Warriors cant just replace a guy like Curry. Small market or non-destination franchises have to be careful with their young assets.

  5. anhdazman - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Curry is not in CP3 league as a defender or a elite PG. Let’s get that straight right now!

    • briand42 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      I think if you read the article, that Curry himself realized as much.. Read the article before you post some crap comment.

      • anhdazman - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:21 AM

        Because too many homer GSW fans are too in love with Curry, they’re so hesitant to lose him. I suspect you’re exactly the same type of guy I’m referring to because you’ve just jump to his defense.
        This deal should go through only if CP3 wants to sign an extension. If not, screw CP3 and the deal. Get Tyson Chandler aboard and keep the starting 5 with Curry, Ellis, Wright, Lee and Chandler. Warriors bench will be much deeper if the trade doesn’t go through with R. Williams, Admundson, Udoh, Thompson. With the tweaked scheduling this year, you better have a good bench due to the high amount of games in the shorter amount of time. You ride your starters too much this year and you’ll pay dearly.

  6. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Its not about Curry not being as good as Chris Paul. Truth of the matter is the only people truly in Paul’s league as a NBA player is Lebron, Wade and Howard. Players who are elite on both sides of the ball, and are still in the prime of their careers. However, the Warriors would be beyond dumb to trade away a young top 25 player in the league for a guy who has openly stated that he will not sign an extension. Why trade the future of your franchise for 66 games? How does that make sense? Curry will be a Warrior for another 5 years if GS wants him, and he’s easily one of the top players in the league. Its a no brainer, don’t trade young talent for a guy who won’t commit.

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