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NBA Trade Deadline: Warriors Would Be Foolish to Give Up on Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors would have traded guards Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry to acquire a defensive center like Andrew Bogut, but the team cannot be impatient with Curry because he has too much potential to part with this early in his development.

Team owner Joe Lacob recently said that trading Curry or Ellis to move the franchise forward was an option at the deadline.

Via NBC Sports:

I’m getting chills talking about (Ellis) right now.  He’s one of my favorite players in the NBA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. I feel very strongly about him. It was incredibly difficult to trade him, but he’s the piece it had to be to get Andrew Bogut. We would have traded either (Curry or Ellis) to take the next step for this franchise.

Matt Moore of NBC Sports gave his own take on Lacob’s comments, saying:

Lacob’s comments are a pretty clear indication that the Warriors are not sold long-term right now on Curry’s position in terms of being a franchise player.

Curry can be a franchise player, but he’s not there yet. It takes time for young players to develop into legitimate stars. Not everyone comes into the NBA and dominates right away like Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

The Warriors must be patient with Curry and allow him to grow physically and develop his talent to the height of his potential.

Curry is an excellent outside shooter, rarely takes a bad shot and is a tremendous foul shooter. After averaging 17.5 points per game as a rookie, Curry raised his average to 18.6 last season. Injuries this season have prevented Curry from taking his stats to another level, but there is no reason to believe he won’t keep improving.

By trading Ellis to acquire Bogut from the Milwaukee Bucks at the trade deadline, the Warriors now hope that Curry can become a top-tier point guard and lead the franchise back to the playoffs.

The young guard from Davidson is capable of bring the Warriors to the postseason, but it’s not a process that will happen overnight.

The team still doesn’t have the pieces around Curry to be able to compete for a playoff spot in a very competitive Western Conference. The team still needs more defensive-minded players, as well as some more depth in the frontcourt.

Curry will be a star for a long time, and the Warriors would be foolish to part ways with him before they see how good he can become.


Nicholas Goss is an NBA Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter

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