Warriors avoided these six nightmare scenarios in last 10 years
Not trading Steph and Klay for CP3
On June 23, 2011, the Warriors selected Klay Thompson with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft. At some point between then and mid-December, Golden State reportedly offered him and Steph Curry in a trade for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul. Back in April, Larry Riley -- who was the Warriors' general manager at the time -- strongly refuted the report.
"That’s false. That never took place ... I never had a conversation with anybody about packaging our two guards to do something else. Steph Curry came to the Warriors and he won himself over as a Warrior for life -- if he wanted to be -- at the second half of his rookie season. He established the fact this is our point guard for the next 10 years."
The 2020-21 season will be Steph's 12th with the Warriors.
Clippers keep DeAndre Jordan
In December 2011, the Warriors amnestied Charlie Bell to create the necessary cap space to sign DeAndre Jordan (a former client of Bob Myers, who was Golden State's assistant general manager at the time). But the LA Clippers retained the big man by matching the four-year, $43 million offer sheet.
Jordan blossomed into a very solid starting center, so it wouldn't have been devastating to the Warriors if the Clippers let him sign with Golden State. But his contract would have limited the Dubs' flexibility. And who knows what they would have done with Monta Ellis a couple months later, because they wouldn't have needed to acquire a center like Andrew Bogut with Jordan already on the roster.
Speaking of the Monta-Bogut trade ...
Trading Monta, not Steph, for Bogut
In March 2012, the Warriors shipped the fan favorite to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. But the original conversation between the franchises centered around somebody else.
"The only way to get the trade started was to let them start talking about Steph Curry," Larry Riley said in 2017. "That's like going fishing, you throw some bait out there. I wanted to switch the deal over to Monta all along ... at the end of the day, I would have been kicking and screaming and tied down and everything else before I would have let Steph Curry go."
Consolation prize the actual winner
In July 2013, the Warriors were "all in" on Dwight Howard in free agency. Golden State was a finalist, but Howard -- who was in All-Star in 2014 before starting to decline -- signed with the Houston Rockets instead. Shortly thereafter, the Warriors pivoted and acquired Andre Iguodala in a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
The 2015 NBA Finals MVP one day will have his No. 9 jersey retired in the rafters at Chase Center, so it's safe to say it turned out OK for the Dubs.
Not trading Klay for Love
The Warriors seriously contemplated trading Klay Thompson (and a couple other pieces) to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love in the summer of 2014.
"If this happens, I’m going to have to talk him down off the ledge," Klay's father, Mychal, said at the time.
In the end, Golden State kept the "Splash Brothers" together, Klay signed a four-year contract extension, Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Warriors beat the Cavs in three out of four NBA Finals matchups.
On Feb. 27, 2016, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr almost got in a fight in the locker room at halftime of the Warriors' game at the Oklahoma City Thunder. In May 2018, we learned something pretty crazy.
"(Draymond) left the arena that day believing his days as a Warrior were numbered," Bleacher Report's Howard Beck wrote. "He feared the relationship had been fractured, that the Warriors would choose Kerr over him. That he'd be traded.
"Team officials, including Myers and Kerr, say that was never even a discussion."
But what if there had been a serious discussion? Green has been a huge part of the Warriors' dynasty, and will go down as a franchise great.