View Full Version : Behind the scenes of the 2009 draft (How close PHX was to getting Curry)

07-05-2012, 10:22 AM
Pretty interesting to read the 'behind the scenes' aspect of it. I bolded the interesting parts. Thought it was a good read and a good 'getaway' from all of the free agency buzz.
This is regarding when there were rumors of Amar'e being traded to Golden State for Steph Curry on draft day 2009.

The pomp and circumstance of a greenroom, commissioner handshakes and donning team hats on NBA draft night can mask the machinations of a harried process.

What seems so seamless and sequenced is not always as it seems. Nor, perhaps, as honest as some may believe.

Three NBA drafts ago, the Suns had their future point guard. At least they thought they did, Stephen Curry.

At least they could have had it with Jrue Holiday.

Instead, they wound up with draft bust Earl Clark.

At the time, Suns General Manager Steve Kerr denied the idea that they thought they had Curry, despite audible jubilation from the basketball office (the media was stationed below an open stairwell between floors) when Jonny Flynn was taken sixth to leave Curry available for a seventh pick that Phoenix believed it was getting from Golden State. Despite a known affection for Holiday, the Suns passed on his surprising availability at their No. 14 pick and raved about their selection of Clark as a way to address matching up defensively with taller small forwards Dirk Nowitzki, Lamar Odom and Kevin Durant.

On this week's NBA-TV show "Draft HQ," Kerr fessed up to the azcentral.com report that he had shot down on draft night 2009.

"We loved Jrue Holiday," Kerr said. "We were ready to make him a promise. We were picking at 14 and the agent didn't want to do the promise. He thought he'd go earlier. Well, on draft day, we thought we had a deal for Steph Curry and the deal hadn't gone through but we were pretty sure we were going to get Golden State's pick, which was seven. When Curry was available at seven, Golden State took him. We thought we've got a deal. It hasn't been consummated. So at 14, Jrue Holiday is still there and we go, 'Wait a sec, we've got (Steve Nash). We've got (Goran) Dragic, who we really like. We thought we're going to have Curry. We just can't take another point guard. We take Earl Clark, who we love for defensive purposes. Jrue Holiday has turned into a great point guard and Clark is still trying to find his way."

Oh. So now the truth serum kicks in.

On draft night, this Suns beat writer posted an online story soon after the pick that Golden State's selection was likely headed to the Suns because they had agreed to send Amare Stoudemire to the Warriors for Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli and the No. 7 pick. Golden State's interest in Stoudemire was known heading into the draft and the Suns faced the prospect of watching Stoudemire walk away via free agency eventually, which he did. Despite their affection for Curry, the Suns did not think he would be there and made the deal with plans to take Jordan Hill. Thus, there were telling staff cheers when Curry survived to No. 7.

Nonetheless, Kerr denied the deal. After making the Clark pick, Kerr met the media and the Associated Press reporter Bob Baum said, "A certain local reporter with a reputation for accuracy is reporting that you have agreed to a deal with Golden State for the Curry pick."

"Totally false," Kerr said while this beat writer sat next to Baum -- even more uncomfortably than during Suns games when Baum places his uncovered coffee cup between our laptops on press row.

Kerr delivered the denial with a poker face, just as he did a year later, when he left the Suns for TNT after a conference finals season while denying that Managing Partner Robert Sarver's contract offer had a first-year salary that returned to his rookie GM salary. He was a team player to the end. After all, he is still an investor.

Kerr and Golden State GM Larry Riley did acknowledge having trade talks in 2009. Even the day after the draft, the Suns privately maintained that they were going to get Curry and espn.com reported the same. The deal was going to have to wait two weeks to be consummated because of Biedrins' base-year compensation status. The Warriors did not need that long to rethink their stance, deciding that they wanted to keep Curry. That about-face was "a worst-case scenario" that "terrified" the Curry contingent, according to a source close to it at the time.

With the Warriors holding onto Curry, the Suns actually were closer to getting Jordan Hill that night than Curry. Of course, with Curry and without Stoudemire, the Suns' run to the 2010 Western Conference finals likely would not have happened.

And that, actually, is the real truth.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2012/06/28/20120628steve-kerr-says-phoenix-suns-thought-they-had-stephen-curry.html#ixzz1zktz5X00

Ty Fast
07-05-2012, 10:26 AM
they were going to trade amare for the 7th pick then they let amare walk

Raps18-19 Champ
07-05-2012, 10:30 AM
Made sense to me. :shrug:

They had Nash and Dragic so getting a wing was the logical choice. Earl Clark had some Shawn Marion potential for some and I thought he'd benefit beside Nash. Guess not.

07-05-2012, 10:30 AM
they were going to trade amare for the 7th pick then they let amare walk

I think the Warriors were the only team interested in that type of deal. They really wanted him a few years ago. It went from that type of team to the type the Cavs were offering with bad picks and possibly Hickson. Not everyone valued him the same and the longer we waited the lower his value became.

07-05-2012, 01:17 PM
that has to hurt suns fans