Report: Warriors almost treated Curry and Thompson for CP3 in 2011

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The Golden State Warriors dynasty probably would not have come into being if a successful business plan had been adopted.

Golden State almost acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets (now pelicans) in exchange for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in 2011, according to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic’s.

“(Warriors GM Bob) Myers made the offer and GM Hornets Dell Demps was receptive,” Strauss writes in his book, “The Victory Machine,” as transcribed by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports. “The wrestling was Chris Paul, who wanted to leave New Orleans but had no plans to play for the unhappy Warriors. Paul told the Warriors they could do this business, but he wouldn’t stay when his contract ended at the end of the season. »»

Paul was instead traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the 2011-12 campaign. He would stay there for six seasons, forming a formidable nucleus alongside his fellow All-Star Blake Griffin and the high-flying center DeAndre Jordan.

At the time of this deal, Curry had not yet become an MVP player, while Thompson had not even played a single minute of NBA basketball after being drafted 11th overall. The two players will continue to serve as fundamental pieces in the Warriors’ three championship race in five years.

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