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The Golden State Warriors have become a franchise which has become synonymous with winning and success. Over the last decade, the Warriors have won four NBA titles. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are the pillars this immensely successful Warriors’ side has been built on. However, former Warriors GM Bob Myers is the architect behind the Warriors dynasty.

In a latest episode of the Woj Pod, Bob Myers revealed two NBA teams who tried to pry Steph away from the Warriors. He said, “I never was upset at anybody asking. A GM’s job is to mine for trades. But Ainge (that time with the Celtics) was the one. You gotta ask, but everybody knew that wasn’t happening. So it was kind of a good laugh.” Another team that tried to acquire Curry was the Houston Rockets. Then Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey constructed a formidable team with the sole focus of sinking more 3-pointers than their opponents, and who better than Stephen Curry to do that.

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Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob hired Bob Myers in 2011 as an assistant GM, but he was promoted to the GM gig just a year later. Fortunately for fans of the Warriors, Myers knew the otherworldly talents of Curry and believed in his abilities despite Curry’s recurring ankle injuries. Myers was vindicated in his decision to not trade Curry, as in 2015 the Warriors won their first NBA title since 1975.

The Warriors continued the positive momentum and won three more titles in the next seven seasons. Myers ended his stint as the general manager of the Warriors after the 2023 playoffs. During his stint with the Warriors, Myers rarely put a foot wrong. However, in 2012, Myers could’ve green lit a trade which had the potential to alter the trajectory of the Warriors’ history.

The Warriors nearly traded Stephen Curry to the Bucks in 2012

In 2012, the Warriors weren’t the juggernaut they have become now. During that period, the Dubs were a rebuilding team who had shown signs of great promise. The Warriors’ General Manager at the time, Larry Riley, orchestrated a trade for Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut, involving Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown. However, instead of Ellis, it was Curry who was intended to be part of the trade. But, the Bucks’ medical team expressed apprehension about Steph’s recurring ankle injuries.

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During a conversation with Draymond Green, Curry detailed the events of that day. He said, “We get in the locker room, and it’s kinda a different energy. You know around the trade deadline it’s always like that, but this was different… You see across the ticker on the TV in the locker room like breaking news, NBA trade, Warriors trade Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and somebody else for Andrew Bogut, and that’s how we found out.”

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It’s safe to suggest that if the stars didn’t align for Steph and the Warriors, their trajectory could have been very different. However, Steph stayed, and the rest is history. Could Curry have still achieved legendary status in the NBA with the Bucks? Let us know in the comments below!

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