The Golden State Warriors' new ownership group proved last year that they were willing to do anything to improve the team. Owner Joe Lacob and Co. narrowly avoided a riot (but still suffered through an awkward fan revolt) when the Warriors traded Monta Ellis last March, and they even green-lit an epic tank job to retain their coveted No. 7 pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
Popularity isn't important to the Warriors' decision-makers anymore; results are.
So, with that in mind, is it possible the Warriors would consider trading current fan-favorite Stephen Curry?
The notion's not as crazy as it sounds, especially when you consider that Curry's been the subject of trade rumors from the second the Warriors drafted him. Nothing's ever been consummated, but Curry's name has come up a half-dozen times in major trade discussions since 2009.
He was mentioned prominently as a potential component in the Chris Paul Sweepstakes of 2011. Then there were the rumors that the Boston Celtics wanted Curry in return for Rajon Rondo in February. And of course, Curry was to have been part of a deal for Dwight Howard as well.
Factor in that Joe Lacob has unequivocally stated he was willing to trade Curry to improve the team, and it becomes clearer that the plausibility of a Curry deal is very real.
With all of his recent injury issues, Curry's value is near its all-time low, so it would be harder than ever for the Warriors to get adequate compensation for him now. But what if another team presented the Warriors with a "Godfather Offer" for Curry? You know, one they couldn't refuse.
Here are five potential trade offers, all of which work under the NBA's salary cap and trade rules, that would give the Dubs no choice but to trade Stephen Curry.