Tag:Stephen Curry
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:56 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Posted by Royce Young

When the trade winds start blowing, they pick up a whole lot of debris. Some of that wound up on the Boston Celtics' front doorstep as a report said the Celtics were "aggressively" shopping point guard Rajon Rondo.

You'll never believe this, but Doc Rivers and the Celtics say they've heard nothing of it. Via ESPN Boston:
Doc Rivers spent an hour and a half with Danny Ainge before Wednesday's win over Milwaukee, but the Boston Celtics coach says they never discussed trading point guard Rajon Rondo.

"... In all that time we did not talk once about any trades," Rivers said. "There was not one single thing about Rajon Rondo that crossed my desk."

Rivers said Thursday afternoon he is irked by reports the Celtics were aggressively shopping his mercurial point guard and frustrated that his relationship with Rondo is being cited as one of the reasons Boston is willing to part with him.

"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been," he said. "Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."

Said Danny Ainge, talking to the Boston Herald, "“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.

Rondo has always been said to have a bit of a fragile personality, someone that can be affected by trade rumors and other things. So obviously with the Celtics trying to battle their way back into the Eastern playoff picture, this type of stuff doesn't come as good news.

They very well could be shopping Rondo around, but that doesn't mean the Celtics want to trade him. The original report said that the Celtics were essentially fed up with Rondo and the supposed "headaches" he brings. Most notably, the report said Rivers and Rondo have had extreme off-court clashes.

But unlike the other core Celtic members, Rondo still has a lot of time left in the league and at just 26, is certainly a player that can be part of Boston's long-term future. Whether the Celtics are shopping him around or not, Rondo is still wearing green as of now and while his name might pop up in rumors every few days, a deal's not done until it's done.
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:58 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

  Is Boston trying to move Rondo? Wait, we've heard that story before. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Boston Big Four could be on the brink of breaking up. (Alliteration!)

There's been a lot of talk of Danny Ainge making some sort of move with one, two or maybe even all of Boston's four core pieces before the trade deadline. The one with the most trade value would likely be 26-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo and the Celtics are shopping him around, according to ESPN Boston:
The Celtics find Rondo's personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers remain an off-court distraction, sources told Broussard, and the front office is now actively pitching him to other teams. With the Celtics realizing they are no longer title contenders, they don't believe his point guard prowess is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him.

In December, the Celtics had discussions with Golden State about a Stephen Curry-for-Rondo deal, and one source says it was Golden State that decided against pulling the trigger. But Curry's recent ankle injuries, which have caused him several problems in his short career, have given the Celtics pause.

The potential trade is still being discussed by Boston's braintrust, but they aren't sure they want to go forward with it. It also isn't clear whether the Warriors would be willing to do it. Other players would have to be thrown in to make it work financially.

There was talk earlier in the season that the Celtics were pursuing a deal for Chris Paul involving Rondo, and another deal that would send Rondo to Indiana. So there's certainly some fire to all this smoke. Ainge is absolutely making phone calls involving his young point guard.

Whether they're just trying to move on, or they want to wash their hands of the headaches Rondo brings, Boston is actively looking to deal. Doesn't mean something is imminent, but it means that March 15 could be an interesting day for the Celtics.

Ainge tried to cover himself for shopping Rondo around earlier in the year saying in January there's a difference in trying to trade a player and trying to acquire one.

"I was not trying to trade Rajon Rondo," Ainge said. "There's a big difference between trying to acquire a player and trying to trade a player."

Potato, potahto.

Rondo is averaging a career-high 14.1 points per game to go along with 9.6 assists and 1.6 steals. It's not his best season in terms of overall production, but he's still an extremely productive All-Star point guard. And someone with a lot of value. If Rondo is indeed dealt, it would signal a change of process for the Celtics. They'd likely be going from a team looking to contend now, to a team looking at transitioning into a new era.

That roster has been built largely on great talent, but also a strong bond in chemistry. The Kendrick Perkins trade tested that, and the Celtics failed. Dealing Rondo would signal that it's a full on shakeup in Beantown.
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:29 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

The Warriors reportedly continue to pursue Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The Warriors, reportedly, are not messing around.

Golden State has long been rumored to be chasing Dwight Howard, despite his exclusion of the Warriors from his team of preferred trade destinations (read: places he will consider re-signing with). What's more, Golden State has been rumored to be interested in trading for Howard without assurances he'll stay. That's the ultimate Russian Roulette gamble. If you miss out with convincing Howard, you will have traded everything you have and have nothing to show for it. Talks had died down in the din of Nets chatter that continues. But a report today from NBA.com says that the Warriors aren't done chasing the rabbit down the hole.

From Scott Howard Cooper of NBA.com on Twitter:
Warriors continuing push for Dwight Howard deal even without DH commitment to re-signing. Not backing off from risky move, source says.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Warriors continuing push f ....
Biedrins has zero trade value, so GSW offer has to be 3-4 key pieces. Imagine moving Monta, Klay, others and DH walks. But Dubs staying in.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Biedrins has zero trade va ....

Monta Ellis is a very good player, if not a "star" or "superstar." Klay Thompson looks to be a great rookie. They have Ekpe Udoh as a talented young big man along with Biedrins' expiring contract. The Magic have reportedly wanted to stay in the playoff hunt, which means they want talented veterans, though,and outside of Ellis, the Warriors are short on that. That's what makes the Magic request so baffling, that they wouldn't be trying to work away to get Stephen Curry, draft picks, and Udoh out of Golden State. 

And all of this for a situation in which Howard could vanish outright. It's a monstrous gamble. But let's look at the best-case, worst-case scenario here.

Best-case: Howard and Ellis/Curry click. Howard finally has a co-star worthy of his stature while he's also clearly the alpha dog. The Bay Area market allows for him to cash in on endorsements and media opportunities, while enjoying the California weather, even if it's a bit colder and ranier than southern California. Mark Jackson gets the defensive rock he covets, ownership gets a star to build everything around. Shooters plus creator plus Dwight = success. They hold his bird rights which means Howard has to walk away from the $30-million-plus afforded him in re-signing with his current team in free agency. That's a big stone to hold. 

Worst-case: Howard leaves, and the gap from the assets traded for him creates an unbalanced roster full of misfits who have to be traded off. Meanwhile, the organization clears over $15 million in cap space and has the ability to clean house on a team that has been fundamentally flawed for the past decade, cycling in the same style of players. A clean slate erupts, with the worst part being a potentially unhappy Curry/Ellis but the Warriors now have unlimited flexibility to retool their roster.

Is drastic change that bad of a worst-case scenario? If Howard and Ellis/Curry works, he could very well stay, and that's great. If it doesn't, he leaves anyway and the Warriors start over again which they've needed to do forever, and that's great. It would look bad, and would create a painful rebuilding process. But if you want to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs. A move like this would prove the new ownership really is the kind of bold leadership they say they are, unwilling to stand on the sidelines while other teams make the franchise-changing moves.

It's just a question of how brave are they, and if Orlando will finally bite the bullet for their offer.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:08 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:42 pm

Stephen Curry: Injured ankle not ready for return

Posted by Ben Golliver  stephen-curry

The Golden State Warriors will continue to wait for the return of their starting point guard. And it's not clear how long that waiting will last.

Third-year guard Stephen Curry hasn't played in a game since January 4th after suffering a series of sprains to his surgically-repaired ankle.

A Tuesday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had been circled as a target date, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson says that Curry's ankle did not stand up to pre-game testing.
He was able to play some 5-on-5 for the first time in 13 days, but he said his ankle felt fatigued near the end of practice. Curry couldn't tell whether his out-of-practice legs were moving slowly or his ankle wasn't strong enough.

Either way, Jackson said he doesn't think Curry will play today, and the competitive guard is more than frustrated about possibly missing a seventh consecutive game.

"You try to make a move and you just don't have that force behind it," said Curry, who initially said he wouldn't return until he was completely healthy. "I'm tired of missing games. I said I was going to wait, but I didn't say how long I was going to wait."
The paper further reports that a Wednesday night game against the New Jersey Nets "sounds unlikely."

The Warriors are 2-4 during the six games he has sat out during this most recent stretch. In his absence, Jackson has had to turn to rookie Charles Jenkins and new free agent addition Nate Robinson

Curry has dealt with chronic ankle issues during his pro career, so it makes zero sense to put him on the court until he's 100 percent. The risk of re-injury, and thus another extended absence, is simply too high.While Jackson, a first-year coach, is likely feeling the pressure to turn things around after a slow start, his hands are tied on this one.

On the season, Curry, 23, is averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. 
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Report: Howard has 'no interest' in Warriors

By Matt Moore

Yesterday was pretty much "Bad Dwight Howard News" for the Warriors on Thursday. Howard missed an epic number of free throws, and still dropped 45 and 23 on the Dubs Thursday night. And to top it all off, all that talk about the Warriors making a swing at Howard in trade? Yeah, Howards says no thanks. 

From Sports Illustrated.com:

On topic of Dwight-to-Warriors, source says his agent, Dan Fegan, has made it clear to GS that Howard has no interest in playing there.
That doesn't necessarily bar the Warriors from making the gamble and acquiring Howard should their package prove tempting for Orlando, but it would be way too great of a risk for the Warriors to send Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis in the trade, and Orlando would insist on one star guard or the other. 

So the Warriors, who lost Kwame Brown on Wednesday for most of the season with a chest injury, are now seemingly out of the Get Dwight race. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported this week that the Warriors have been very aggressive in the trade market and could make a move before the trade deadline as they continue to move towards a more defensive approach. 

Golden State continues to struggle with attracting a big name free agent, despite having a raucous crowd, new aggressive ownership, a player's coach in Mark Jackson, and a large market in the nicer weather of California (not that San Francisco's really a treat this time of year, but it's nicer than say, Milwaukee). Evenually they may have to pull the trigger on sending one of those guards out in order to augment their supporting system, since it doesn't look like anyone will be shopping for David Lee under his sizeable contract any time soon.  
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:49 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking on Dwight Howard.

The March 15 trade deadline is coming and the Magic don't yet appear ready to make a decision on their superstar center. Keep him and you run the risk of watching him walk away for nothing. Trade him and you give up on any chance you had of ever keeping him.

But the Magic kind of are handcuffed. Howard has four teams he's interested in signing an extension with: the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Magic. Which means general manager Otis Smith is limited to negotiating with three teams, two of which don't exactly have a plethora of enticing trade assets.

You might think that rules out 26 other teams from competing for Howard at the deadline, but one team, the Golden State Warriors, are willing to consider renting Howard. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer. Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
The Warriors also pursued Chris Paul, but had the same issues of not being able to be certain he'd commit long-term. But they're willing to risk it with Howard. They have quality young assets in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis that they can dangle, plus would probably be willing and able to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's remaining $34 million contract.

The Warriors thinking is that if they could just get Howard into the Bay Area with marketing and money opportunities aplenty, that they would be able to convince him to stay long-term. Issue is with Howard, he wants a situation he can win and probably play with a fellow star. And is Golden State that type of place?

But owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to alter the culture and perception of the Warriors and if they have to take a chance on giving up a lot to get Howard for three months, so be it. It's an honorable approach by owners committed to their passionate, rabid fanbase. Hard not to appreciate that.

The Warriors probably could put together the best package outside of the Lakers offering Andrew Bynum. Curry or Ellis are terrific young talents and something the Magic would be happy to get back. The big question is the status of Curry's surgically repaired ankle though, which could hold things up.

As March 15 approaches, the more teams are going to get into the mix. The Magic haven't even decided on trading Howard yet, but if they do, the Warriors will be waiting for a phone call.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:04 pm

Curry tweaks ankle again, could sit Knicks game

Posted by Royce Young

That right ankle is becoming something of a bother for Stephen Curry.

After leading the Warriors with 21 points and 10 assists in a big win over the Bulls, Curry left the game midway through the fourth after tweaking his surgically repaired right ankle a second time in a week. He played Christmas Day after rolling it in Golden State's last preseason game, but probably won't be able to play against the Knicks Wednesday night.

It's frustrating for Curry that this ankle continues to be a problem. The roll Monday night looked to be very minor, but just that slight tweak was enough. More than likely the repaired ligaments are way tight so anything stretching them is painful. It might be best for Curry to just give it a little rest.

CSN Bay Area though reported after the game that Curry said he thought he could come back in the game, but coach Mark Jackson advised against it. Officially, Curry is listed as day to day.
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:40 am

Stephen Curry thinks he'll be ready for Christmas

Posted by Royce Young

Stephen Curry's ankle roll in the second game of the Warriors' preseason looked harmless enough. But then you remember it was on his surgically repaired right ankle and that helps explain why he was left crawling on the floor and needing help off the court.

It ended up being more of a tweak than anything else, which is why Curry is sounding pretty optimistic about playing in Golden State's opener on Sunday against the Clippers. Via CSN Bay Area:

“It’s hard to say. Today I was able to walk, to move around, and it’s only Thursday, so we’ll see where I get to before Sunday,” Curry said. “I’d like to practice before Sunday.”

I'm sure with the right amount of tape and maybe a shot or something Curry could play, but the season is long and there's not a big reason to risk re-injury. Still, if the Warriors want to have a shot at Lob City, they're going to need Curry's help.

He's listed officially as day to day and obviously wants to play. He probably will be able to, but he might should just sit this one out and let everything get completely healed.
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