Stephen Curry’s career with the Golden State Warriors got off to an injury-plagued start.
As a result, Curry found himself in a bunch of trade rumors early on in his career before getting his ankle issues taken care of and establishing himself as the best shooter in NBA history.
Dubs fans count their blessings every day that the franchise didn’t move on from Curry, who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. The two-time MVP has career averages of 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists with the Warriors.
For this piece, we’ll be taking a look at the three times the Warriors almost ruined the organization and traded Stephen Curry.
3. Warriors send Curry to Phoenix for Amar’e Stoudemire
The Warriors drafted Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Davidson. At the time of the draft, there were rumors going around that the Dubs were selecting Curry for the Phoenix Suns, who were thinking about trading Amar’e Stoudemire to the Warriors for Steph, Andris Biedrins and possibly Marco Belinelli.
A trade, though, never materialized.
Curry wound up averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists during his rookie season with the Dubs. Stoudemire, meanwhile, played the 2009-10 campaign with the Suns before signing with the New York Knicks in the summer of 2010 as an unrestricted free agent.
2. Warriors trade Curry to Boston for Rajon Rondo
In February of 2012, there were reports going around that the Boston Celtics wanted Curry in return for Rajon Rondo, who was butting heads with Doc Rivers and Ray Allen behind the scenes in Beantown.
However, it was mostly the Celtics calling the Warriors about a trade. The Dubs weren’t interested in Rondo and decided against pulling the trigger despite Curry’s significant ankle issues at the time.
Boston wound up trading Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in December of 2014. Curry, meanwhile, made his first All-Star team during the 2013-14 season.
1. Warriors trade Curry, Klay Thompson to New Orleans for Chris Paul
The Warriors supposedly offered Curry and Klay Thompson to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul in 2011.
The deal, though, fell apart because Paul refused to sign an extension with the Warriors.
Golden State fans are so thankful that was the case, as Steph and Klay have won three titles with the Dubs and are the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history.