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Back before they were Superteam, Warriors tried to land Dwight Howard, Chris Paul

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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 16: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes the basketball down the court in front of Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets during their game at the Toyota Center on March 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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The Warriors did a lot of smart things on their way to becoming a superteam. They drafted Stephen Curry then stuck with him through years of ankle issues. They drafted and developed Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. They brought in Andre Iguodala and convinced him to come off the bench. They left themselves the financial flexibility to be able to land Kevin Durant when the time came (the spike in the salary cap helped). There were a lot of other smart, smaller moves that got them to where they are now

But the Warriors also had a lot of luck — and that includes not landing some of their big early targets.

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reports the Warriors were very aggressive early on in the new era of ownership and went after the biggest names out there — Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

They simply want every good player they can get....In July 2012, the Warriors actually secured a meeting with Dwight Howard (then the most desired free agent on the board) and pivoted swiftly to Iguodala as soon as Howard signed with Houston. Lacob and Myers once also went hard after Chris Paul but couldn’t agree to trade terms with the Clippers.

This is part of his rumor that the Warriors will go after Paul George next summer. Which they might, although to make it work financially would involve stripping the roster way down and getting rid of Klay Thompson. That all seems unlikely.

Just consider it a reminder that a lot of moves that seem smart at the time — remember all the praise the Lakers got when they brought in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the same summer? — don’t always work out. Sometimes, however, those misses set up better things (for the smart and prepared organization).