The Golden State Warriors came pretty close to trading both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul in 2011.
That is according to Ethan Strauss, who revealed as much in his new book, The Victory Machine.
“The Warriors attempted to trade Steph Curry and Klay Thompson for Chris Paul in 2011,” Strauss claims (H/T NBC Sports). It was far from the only time Curry was shopped, but in this instance, the deal was very close to completion. Myers made the offer and Hornets GM Dell Demps was receptive. The catch was Chris Paul, who wanted out of New Orleans but had no intention of playing for the woebegone Warriors. Paul told the Warriors they could do this trade, but he wouldn’t be staying when his contract was up at season’s end.”
The last several years have proven that, as alluring as moving for Paul seemed at the time, the decision was ill-advised and would have likely cost the Warriors all three of their recent championships, as well as those five trips to the NBA Finals.