Ex-Warriors GM explains how he used Curry in 2012 trade talks with Bucks

Ex-Warriors GM explains how he used Curry in 2012 trade talks with Bucks

When the Warriors traded fan-favorite Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson in the middle of the 2011-12 season, they turned the team over to Steph Curry.

But in a recent interview, former Warriors GM Larry Riley was asked if Curry's name ever came up in trade talks with the Bucks prior to the deal.

"Absolutely. The only way to get the trade started was to let them start talking about Steph Curry. That's like going fishing, you throw some bait out there. A couple of things happened with that. I wanted to switch the deal over to Monta all along. But in order to get a conversation going, we had to do that," Riley said on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday.

So why didn't the Warriors ultimately include Curry in the deal?

"Well that was also the year Steph was having some ankle problems, and this is just me speaking, you'll have to talk to [then-Bucks GM] John Hammond, but they became concerned about Steph's future in regards to ankle problems that he was having. So in order to get the deal, we have to put Ekpe Udoh in it. And Ekpe looked like a player that could become a solid NBA backup. In all honestly, we had Ekpe for a year and half and I felt 'Hey, I made a mistake with this one. This guy is not going to make it." So we had an opporunity to correct a mistake and put him with Monta and get the center back we wanted."

"So there's some credability to the way that conversation actually started. But at the end of the day, I would have been kicking and scream and tied down and everything else before I would have let Steph Curry go," Riley said.

In 2012-13, following the trade of Ellis, the Warriors began a run of five straight playoff appearances including two NBA titles in the last three years.

Ellis played the 2012-13 season with Milwaukee before signing with Dallas, where he would play two seasons. He spent the last two seasons playing for Indiana. On Friday, he was suspended by the NBA for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA's Anti-Drug Program.

Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

With a little over 2 minutes and 22 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson went up for a dunk in transition.

Raptors guard Danny Green met Klay at the rim and was called for a foul. The Warriors' shooting guard landed awkwardly on his left leg and remained on the ground in a lot of pain.

You know how the story ends -- a couple hours after Golden State lost, we learned that Klay tore his left ACL.

It was not a dirty play whatsoever by Green. Sometimes, bad things just happen.

On Sunday, Green discussed the unfortunate situation with media members in Toronto:

"He was going up for a dunk and he can jump. I thought he was gonna go up with one hand ... he went up with two hands and I think it's a little easier for me to get to the ball with him going up with two hands. It's hard to find the ball with one hand.

"I thought it was pretty clean. They called a foul ... I wasn't sure what happened and I just saw him grab his knee. You never know serious it is with him because he just walks through and plays through anything. The guy came back on the court like it was nothing with a torn ACL and shot his free throws.

"The rest of his guys, they were making sure that I didn't take it the wrong way or feel too bad or guilty about it. It was a clean play.

"They were like, 'We know you're not dirty.' Draymond [Green], Iggy [Andre Iguodala] they were like, 'Yeah, you went up for the ball. He just came down funny. It's not your fault. Don't even worry about it.'

"And I wanted to check on him at the foul line. He's like, 'I know you didn't do it purposely.'"

"I didn't know the severity of it until after the game ... I saw [Draymond] in the hallway after and he said it's an ACL and I was like 'Ahhh, sh--.' It's gonna be a long summer for not just him but their team.

"You never want to see those guys go down that way. They're special players and you don't want to see their careers changed, or be hindered or be over because of certain types of plays or injuries -- especially the ones you're involved in."



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Green -- who will turn 32 years old on June 22 -- just finished a 4-year, $40 million contract and is about to become an unrestricted free agent.

The most the Warriors could offer him next season is about $5.7 million so he is probably too expensive for the Dubs.

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Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko cherished his first year with the Warriors. 

The Swedish big man thanked all of DubNation on Monday with an Instagram post saying, "Feel like ive been a warrior longer than 1 season." 

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Jerebko signed a one-year contract with the Warriors last July. At the time, he seemed like the perfect stretch-forward off the bench. And at times, he was. But at other times, he was far too inconsistent. 

The 32-year-old played in 73 regular-season games for the Warriors, starting in six contests. He averaged 6.3 points -- his most since the 2012-13 season -- and grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game. 

Jerebko was called upon as a 3-point threat but his shooting percentage from beyond the arc fell from 41.1 last season to 36.7 this season. In the playoffs, he shot just 26.3 percent on 3-point attempts.

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In his thank you to the fans, Jerebko said "Lets see what the future holds!" but this very well could have been his one and only season as a Warrior.