Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stoudemire Rumor Won't Go Away

Immediately after the draft on Thursday, rumors started flying about the Warriors potentially dealing a package of players, including number 7 pick Stephen Curry, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Amare Stoudemire. Apparently the Suns want to do the deal more than the Warriors, but this seems like a rumor that could linger all summer long.

The proposes trade would send Amare Stoudemire to Golden State in exchange for Stepen Curry, Andris Beidrins, Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli. Immediately what comes to mind for me, is that this is an awful lot to give up, on the Warriors end, for a guy who's had injury issues over his career and missed nearly half of last season. Don't get me wrong though, Stoudemire would look great in a Warriors uni and running the same type of offense he's so familiar with from Pheonix. I just wouldn't part with both Biedrins and Curry in the package. If the Warriors could keep Curry, and maybe spice the deal up with Kellana Azabuike or Anthony Morrow, then it would become a trade that I'd do in a heartbeat. I like Andris Biedrins a lot, but let's face it, he's nowhere near the offensive force that Stoudemire is, and the Warriors desperately need a guy who can score in the post. Wright and Belinelli could end up being solid players down the line, but I've been unimpressed with their stays in Golden State thus far, and I really don't mind letting them go, but again, I just don't think I'd give them both Biedrins AND Curry in the deal.

Whether or not the Warriors are actively speaking with the Suns or trying to work out a deal or not, Don Nelson believes that Curry will be staying put. A few reports in Friday's papers had Nelson quoted as saying Curry will be staying here, and Nelly looks forward to working with him on the court. Curry also changed his tune about coming on board with the Warriors. Immediately after he was drafted, there were reports that Curry was less than thrilled about being selected by Golden State, but apparently he's come around. Curry mentioned how he's excited about playing "Warriors style" basketball in the Chronicle today. He also talked about some of the other Warriors players whom he's familiar with, so it looks like he's going to be fine with being a Warrior, at least for the time being. This is the type of rumor that doesn't really go away though, so don't be surprised to see it being mentioned for a while.

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