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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?
The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000.
Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden.
"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league."
Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played.
This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game.
Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles.
The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs.
DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.
Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.
And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.
“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.
Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”
The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.