It’s hard to imagine Stephen Curry in a uniform other than that of the Golden State Warriors. However, years before he firmly established himself as the greatest shooter of all time, the Dubs actually nearly traded the former back-to-back MVP — to the Milwaukee Bucks, no less.
Milwaukee Bucks Nearly Traded for Stephen Curry in 2012
Nick Mac of Fadeaway World recently conjured up a list of the 10 biggest what-ifs in the history of the NBA. One of them happens to be the Milwaukee Bucks’ botched trade for the one and only Steph Curry.
In March of 2012, the Dubs were in dire need of a big man. They locked their sights on Andrew Bogut, who was selected first overall by Milwaukee seven years earlier. The Warriors and the Bucks were able to sort a deal out which saw Bogut and Stephen Jackson head to the Bay Area. In exchange, Golden State sent Monta Eliis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown to the Bucks.
Apparently, the Bucks actually had a chance to trade for Curry. However, Milwaukee’s medical staff reportedly turned down the opportunity to do so because of some major concerns surrounding Steph’s ankles, which at that time, was indeed a legitimate issue.
Now with the benefit of hindsight, it’s safe to say that the Bucks absolutely regret that decision.
Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo: Greatest Pairing of All Time?
If not for the Bucks’ team doctors, Steph would have been a Buck. Would they have formed one of the greatest pairings of all time in Curry and Antetokounmpo? That’s very much possible.
Then again, Mac argues that it’s also plausible that either Curry or Anteotkounmpo (or possibly both?) never would have developed to the superstars they currently are:
“If the Curry deal had been approved, there are multiple scenarios on each side of the spectrum that could have played out. The first is yes, the Bucks could have had an absolute superstar duo of Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokoumpo as they hit their prime and ran the league with multiple titles. The other is that Curry’s development never happens due to Milwaukee not allowing him to play the way Golden State has. Maybe Giannis doesn’t develop the way he does due to Curry’s presence. Either way, the course of NBA history would have been changed forever,” Mac wrote.
I see no lies here.
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