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The Warriors aren’t exactly ‘all-in’ with Stephen Curry, would have traded him for Bogut if necessary

Mar 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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The Warriors really wanted Andrew Bogut. You can argue about whether they should have wanted the 27-year-old injured center who has said his elbow will never recover fully from the horrific fall it suffered and who is currently out with an ankle fracture. But for the Warriors, the trade this past week of Monta Ellis and pieces for Bogut and Stephen Jackson (subsequently spun into Richard Jefferson and a protected pick was about a culture change. Bogut represents an identity shift for the Warriors. On the day Mark Jackson was introduced as head coach during the NBA Finals, he talked about the need to acquire a defensive big man. It got lost in the shuffle of the Finals, but Jackson made it clear that the Warriors on staff weren’t going to get it done. Bogut fits that role perfectly.

The Warriors felt they simply had to get him. And it wasn’t just Monta Ellis who they would have moved to get him. They wouldn’t have moved both, but the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors’ Joe Lacob told the press something interesting about who else could have been sent if not Ellis in the trade:

“I’m getting chills talking about (Ellis) right now,” Lacob said. “He’s one of my favorite players in the NBA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. I feel very strongly about him. It was incredibly difficult to trade him, but he’s the piece it had to be to get Andrew Bogut. We would have traded either (Curry or Ellis) to take the next step for this franchise.”

via GS Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks Steph Curry injuries and trade possibilities | Golden State Warriors | an SFGate.com blog.

The Warriors thought they had the franchise in 2009 when they drafted him. He was a rookie of the year candidate. But injuries have been a recurring issue and Curry doesn’t dominate offensively, or at least hasn’t with the current structure of the Warriors. Good, maybe even great, not dominate. Lacob’s comments are a pretty clear indication that the Warriors are not sold long-term right now on Curry’s position in terms of being a franchise player.

Maybe he and Bogut can thrive together if they both get healthy. It’s way too early to give up on Curry, and the kid flat-out shoots the light out. He’s about a million miles away from a bust. But Warriors ownership has already admitted being prepared to move him once. Whether that means they’ll have to consider it again depends on his health, his play, and how the Bogut gamble works out.

The Warriors are considering shutting down Curry for the season.

(HT: HoopsHype)

  1. doctorfootball - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I don’t blame the Warriors front office for not being all in on Curry. The guy is fragile. He reminds me of Elijah Price (Sam Jackson’s character in the movie Unbreakable). Curry takes one misstep and his brittle bones can’t handle it.

  2. moseskkim - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    The warriors clamoring of big men with deandre Jordan, Dwight Howard, McGee, bogut, even kwame brown speaks to the real lack of quality centers in the nba today.warriors tried to do everything they could to get a big man and they got one injury prone one in bogut for their franchise player monta. I dunno if that’s the right strategy to win, but hey curry has a buddy to go to the doctor now..

    • doctorfootball - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Yeah. They can carpool

  3. stayhigh_247 - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    is this Mark Jackson’s loyalty to his buddy Dell Curry, keeping Steph on board? if so that’s dumber than trading J Linn. did they not notice the affect of injuries on the Trailblazers? Now you you have two guys that aren’t going to give you full seasons. good luck with that!

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