Steph Curry is the focal point of many of the greatest moments in Golden State Warriors franchise history. But he was, to hear one person tell it, close to being the focal point of the biggest mistake in franchise history - a franchise that, at the time, was largely defined by its mistakes.
According to Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry, the Warriors proposed a trade that would send Curry to the Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut. Luckily for Golden State (and not so much for their trade partner), the training staff in Milwaukee was too worried about Curry’s ankle health to pull the trigger on the deal.
The details were explained by Frank Isola of The Athletic.
Lasry sees the Golden State Warriors as a model franchise, although he did chuckle when Warriors owner Joe Lacob told New York Times Magazine three years ago that the organization is “light years ahead” of the other 29 teams.
“I don’t know if they can be light years ahead if they traded Steph Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut,” Lasry says of a proposed trade before he purchased the Bucks, which has been reported as both fact and urban legend. “That was the deal. But the Bucks’ medical staff didn’t think Steph’s ankle would hold up. That killed the deal. So, I don’t know if that’s being light years. It’s luck. And that’s fine.”
Lasry then smiled and added, “I think we got rid of that medical staff when we bought the team.”
It’s impossible to know if the report is true. On the one hand, Lasry is surely privy to a lot of inside information surrounding the Bucks. On the other hand, he didn’t own the team at the time, and NBA mythology tends to grow with every passing year.
The two teams, of course, eventually settled on a trade, with the Warriors shipping Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown to the Bucks, in exchange for Bogut and Stephen Jackson. The final deal makes the reports of the Curry offering even more questionable, since Ellis had his own injury concerns. Unless the Bucks training staff saw something horrific on Curry’s injury report, it seems odd that they would accept a trade for a lesser piece who also had a history of serious injuries.
We may never know the truth, but Lasry is certainly right when he avers that luck is involved in all NBA success.
UPDATE: Warriors writer Tim Kawakami has responded to Lasry’s quotes, debunking the story.
All due respect to Milwaukee owner Marc Lasry and this great piece by @TheFrankIsola (https://t.co/ZTO6LXbesm) but I've debunked the Curry-was-offered-for-Bogut myth several times and Lasry wasn't with the team at the time, anyway. A recent debunking: https://t.co/7h3dtOio8a— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 15, 2019