NEW YORK -- Welcome to the wild and woolly world of the NBA, Stephen Curry.
Curry went to sleep last night in New York as a Golden State Warrior -- the team took him No.7 overall. Here's my column from New York about that move.
However, late Thursday evening, reports started to surface that Curry will actually end up not quite so far West -- possibly getting traded to the Phoenix Suns within the next few days as part of a deal that would ship all-star forward Amare Stoudemire from Phoenix to Golden State. Here's one story about that from the Arizona Republic, which covers the Suns regularly.
While the Republic obviously believes this trade will happen, there are enough "probablys" and "could bes" in the story to raise some doubt. And other reports you read on the Web from somewhat credible sources are not as certain. The Curry family is aware of these rumors, but it sounds like any trade may not be completed until next Wed., July 1st, due to some contractual complications regarding other players involved in the deal.
So, for the moment anyway, Curry is a Warrior. In either case, he will be going to a team far away from the East Coast and not to his preferred landing spot as a New York Knick. But the Suns are certainly a better team right now than Golden State (and generally get more publicity too). Phoenix won 46 games last season; Golden State won only 29.
Phoenix already has one of the games best point guards in Steve Nash, who has one year remaining on his current contract. There's some speculation that Nash wants to get out of Phoenix, however. Suns GM Steve Kerr (who as a player was somewhat similar to Curry) met with Nash Thursday in New York to try and sort out things. Kerr already has made one blockbuster move this week, trading center Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland, where he will team with LeBron James.
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