Amar'e or Stephen? Stephen or Amar'e? Happy Monta or angry Monta?
Let's cut to the chase. We shall get to the issue that is burning in the Warriors' office today. That's right, we're talking about the trade that sent Suns' F-C Amar'e Stoudemire to the Golden State Warriors for C Andris Biedrins, PF Brandan Wright, G Marco Belinelli and the rights to the 7th pick of Stephen Curry.
Of course there are a couple of issues encircling this trade. First of all, Stoudemire's contract is an issue. He is scheduled to opt out of his contract and step into the Free Agent Bonanza in 2010. I expect him to work out a contract before arriving in any trade, so that shouldn't be an issue.
The second concern, of course, is the rights to Stephen Curry. Neither the Warriors or the Suns expected him to fall to the 7th spot in the draft, buthe did, and both the Warriors and the Suns went absolutely ballistic. They both thought they were getting a brilliant shooter and passer who has a good feel for the game.
Now we have got a problem. The Warriors want to keep Curry. The Phoenix Suns won't let this trade go down without Curry. However, the Warriors still want Stoudemire.
The fact is, if the Warriors have to give up a guard, they should not give up Curry. Curry is absolutely perfect for the Warriors system. He can score in almost any way he wants to, an excellent passer, a very conditioned athlete, and he can't play defense.You cannot be much more perfect for Nellie's system then Stephen Curry. Heck, I would rather trade away Monta Ellis than Stephen Curry, and here's why:
Ellis is too small to be an off-guard and is too indecisive to be a point guard. He has just been sticking around because he is a prolific offensive player who can light it up on any occasion. Ellis has also had clashes with Don Nelson and management, and of course has provento have bad judgement with his Moped accident last year which effectively ruined the Warriors' season.
Curry can be a prolific player as well, but also has proven to be a mature individual during his first couple of days as a Warrior. Sure, getting drafted by the Warriors wasn't exactly what he was dreaming about the night before, but he did not pull a Ricky Rubio and expressed his willingness to become a Warrior. That is part of the reason why Warriors' management loves him.
Also, Curry would seem to be the last guy to be involved in some moped accident and can steer this franchise somewhere down the road. Sure, he has defensive liabilities, but Don Nelson has built this team with players who have defensive liabilities as well. If you think about it, this is absolutely perfect.
What if the Warriors still want Stoudemire? What if they can't stop gushing over his offensive potency and defensive liabilities? What if the Phoenix Suns still want Curry? Well, in that case, Don Nelson should play his little, "wait-and-see" game with Suns' GM Steve Kerr. Let Steve Kerr pursue other avenues in his quest to trade Amar'e Stoudemire while the Warriors just wait. When Steve Kerr comes to know that the Warriors are offering more for Stoudemire than other teams are, Kerr will slowly call Warriors' headquarters and complete the deal without Stephen Curry being involved. Suddenly, the Warriors have got a legitimate big man in Amar'e Stoudemire while still retaining Stephen Curry.
So, Mr. Curry, relax, unpack your bags, and buy a house because you, "ain't going anyplace."