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OAKLAND Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the subject ofnumerous trade rumors linking him with the New Orleans Hornets, talked to themedia after Wednesdays workouts.Heres what Curry had to say about the reports linking himto a deal that would also involved Chris Paul.Question: So the latest is youre not going to NewOrleans.Curry: Really? Sigh of relief for me. No, just playing.This is the time of year with big free agents and especially with the lockoutand things condensed into a short period of time, its pretty much predictablethere are going to be a lot of rumors going around.Just focused on being back here, being with my teammates. Being happy being aWarrior. Im not really worried about everything thats circulating outside ofthe gym.Question: Whats it like to be involved in theserumors?Curry: Its weird. I get more phone calls and texts fromfriends and all that kind of stuff. They think I know more than whats beingreported. Thats just the funny part about it. I think I woke up this morningwith seven text messages saying 'Hornets, question mark.' So Im not reallyworried about it.I can just cast it off and when you come into the gym youdont hear any of that stuff. Only if you want to read the articles and watchTV are you going to hear about it."Curry was asked about the situation in Boston, where Rajon Rondos name was in trade talks, and people in the organization reached out to him to tell him theywerent trading him. Has anyone done that here?Curry: I talked to (general manager) Larry, (Riley) and talkedto coach (Mark) Jackson about it. They told me pretty much the same thing:Youre safe and secure here. They want me here. Obviously , theres the business of basketball and thereare things that may happen with a GM having to make a decision for the bestinterest of the team. When you have a guy like Chris Paul, who is a franchiseplayer, thats something you really have to think about it with anybody on theroster. I understand that . Im not going to be upset if they entertainedthat.Its nice to be in the conversation with a guy like that. Iknow myself, Id be part of a package, but thats something thats going tohappen when youre in this career, in this business, and youve got to run withit.Question: Have you talked to Chris Paul about this?Curry: No, were good friends. I saw him a lot over the summer andtalked a little bit about what was going to happen once the lockout was lifted.But I know hes swamped with things and trying to keep a level head. Hes makinga move for himself so Im not going to bombard him with questions. Hes notgoing to call Larry and say Make the deal happen. What else can he do?