Any corporation that takes over another or any new ownership usually has more loyalty to "their people". They want to put their own brand on the organization and don't want to be held accountable for anything from the former regime. I wonder what that might mean for the Warriors. We may have already seen a glimpse of this in the Monta/Udoh trade. It brought back a player that if healthy will fill a much needed hole in the Warrior line up, a true center. It also jettisoned two of "other guy's people".
Most people seem to have assumed once Monta was gone this team was being built around Curry. I wonder. With Curry shut down it is obvious Thompson has been given the green light to take over the offense. Even before Monta was gone you saw that Jackson gave the rookie a lot of leash on a team with three proven scorers in Ellis, Curry and Lee. Proof of that was when he struggled early on you heard some grumbles among the fan base regarding the number of his shot attempts.
That gets me to the question, after all this freedom, how likely does it seem the leash will be tightened on Thompson once (if?) Curry is healthy? Despite his obvious passing ability, Curry has always been more of a combo guard. His size and defensive shortcomings have dictated he try to play the role of facilitator/distributor but it always seemed obvious he was more comfortable as a scorer first.
Have we made too large of an assumption that the Ellis departure was the coronation of Curry? There certainly were the rumors of a Curry trade before his ankles became a larger issue. Did Monta simply go first because his contract matched the Bogut deal better and Curry's rookie contract was more affordable? Curry is still that combo guy with questionable defensive skill. He was never much of a penetrator, less so with his balky ankles. If he continues to have to protect those ankles will he be around after his rookie contract is done? If Bogut gets healthy and become the all star caliber center he once was and Thompson continue to have the green light from Jackson will Curry simply become another one of the "other guy's people" who becomes expendable?