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The Golden State Warriors dynasty may never have materialized if a successful trade had taken place in 2011.
In his new book, The Victory MachineEthan Sherwood Strauss of The Athletic reported that the Warriors had attempted to land Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets (Dan Feldman of h / t Pro Basketball Talk). Golden State’s commercial program included Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
“It was far from the only time Curry was bought, but in this case the deal was very close to conclusion,” Strauss wrote. “Myers made the offer and the general manager of the Hornets, Dell Demps, was receptive. “
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported for the first time in 2017 (h / t RealGM) that Paul had informed the Warriors and Boston Celtics that he would not sign an extension if he had acquired it from New Orleans.
Strauss’s report echoes this Sam Amick noted for Sports Illustrated in December 2011. Golden State put Curry, Thompson and the 2010 top pick Ekpe Udoh on the table. After winning Paul, the Warriors then planned to give up Andris Biedrins and sign Tyson Chandler for a four-year contract.
Paul finally went to the Los Angeles Clippers, and the New York Knicks added Chandler in a sign and exchange of three teams.
Strauss wrote that the Hornets were one of the few teams that could have acquired Curry and Thompson:
“The Hornets were not the only organization to narrowly lose the case of a lifetime. According to a general manager, “The Warriors were blindly fortunate not to have traded Steph and Klay for the stars they offered them together,” he said. There were many, many people they tried to get and failed. “”
Three years after their pursuit of Paul, the Warriors raced Kevin Love, who was forging out the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thompson would have gone the other way.
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ESPN sources say Golden State indeed made Klay Thompson available to Wolves, more and more hoping for warriors to get Kevin Love
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The exchanges on love mainly surround Kevin Love & amp; Kevin Martin for Klay Thompson & amp; David Lee, the source told Yahoo Sports.
Majority owner Joe Lacob proclaimed famous in March 2016, Golden State was “light years ahead” of its NBA counterparts in terms of foresight and team building.
Of course, it helps to be lucky.
It’s hard to imagine that the Warriors would associate Curry and Thompson with any trade.
Curry was only approaching its third season in 2011-12. Her first two years were encouraging, but not from another world.
Thompson was still a rookie, and even when he was linked to the Timberwolves in 2014, he still hadn’t risen to star status.
Maybe the Warriors would have found a way to win multiple titles with a list built around Paul. However, it is difficult to see how they would have achieved the success they had with the Splash Brothers.