The Golden State Warriors have built a championship-caliber roster that has won two NBA titles over the last three years.
However, prior to all of that falling in place, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic is reporting that the Warriors had reportedly attempted to trade for All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who was recently acquired by the Houston Rockets, from the Los Angeles Clippers years ago.
They simply want every good player they can get….In July 2012, the Warriors actually secured a meeting with Dwight Howard (then the most desired free agent on the board) and pivoted swiftly to Iguodala as soon as Howard signed with Houston. Lacob and Myers once also went hard after Chris Paul but couldn’t agree to trade terms with the Clippers.
This move would have come less than a year after the Clippers landed Paul. It’s likely that a trade would have required them to move Stephen Curry given that both players play the same position. There may have been scenarios that also included moving Klay Thompson, who had just completed his rookie campaign.
At the time, the Warriors had yet to make a playoff appearance with their core group and had missed the postseason in five straight years. There was much reason for them to look into reshaping the roster given that the team had yet to experience any success.
Had Golden State landed Paul, it would have changed the entire future outlook of the team and Curry may not have able to develop into the elite player he is today, being a two-time league MVP and two-time NBA champion. Ultimately, it all worked out in the Warriors’ favor as they are currently fielding a team that could add more titles to the mix over the next few years.