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Suns almost landed Stephen Curry in 2009 draft


12:44 PM ET 05.04 | the Warriors may very well be where the Suns could have been. Don't believe it? Well, think about what might have been had a trade that the Suns fully believed they had in place with Golden State during the 2009 draft had actually gone through. Remember that night? Golden State had the seventh pick in the draft and the Suns had the 14th choice. Phoenix had a deal in place, or so it was thought, that would have sent Amar'e Stoudemire to the Warriors for a package of players and that No. 7 pick. Neither the Warriors or the Suns believed as the draft got underway that Stephen Curry would be on the board when the Warriors picked. The more likely scenario, and the plan really, was that the Suns would trade Stoudemire and use the pick on Arizona's Jordan Hill, then draft point guard Jrue Holiday at 14. So, when the Minnesota Timberwolves, with back-to-back picks, selected two point guards, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn at No. 5 and No. 6 a cheer went up in the Suns draft room. Curry, it seemed, had fallen from heaven, or at least Minneapolis, directly into their laps. Trouble is, the Warriors weren't expecting it either, and almost immediately the unconsummated trade started to unravel. Unfortunately, the Suns didn't know the deal wasn't going to go through when they had to pick at 14. Thinking they were getting Curry, the Suns opted not to draft Holiday, another point guard. They took a big man, Louisville's Earl Clark, instead.

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May 4, 2013  01:02 PM ET

Ask Brandy sang.. almost doesn't count!

May 4, 2013  01:09 PM ET

Dumb story. There's not a single hint in the story that the Suns would pick Curry if they had a chance. The story says they would use the pick to draft Jordan Hill which would make sense. They were trading for a younger guy that would replace Amare. The Suns didn't need a PG back then because of Nash and Dragic. If they did than maybe Curry won't be the player that he is right now because he would be sitting on the bench waiting for Nash to get old and be behind Dragic...

May 4, 2013  01:42 PM ET

The NBA will now find ways to protect Curry on the court.

May 4, 2013  01:44 PM ET

It Looks like Mark Jackson can coach a little bit, eh?

May 4, 2013  01:46 PM ET

It Looks like Mark Jackson can coach a little bit, eh?

Mark ease up on the burgers!!! The face and stomach are bulging out son!!!

May 4, 2013  02:19 PM ET

I almost won the mega million too in 2012. I bought a ticket in a neighboring state from the winning ticket.
Oh snap!

May 4, 2013  02:21 PM ET

This isn't really a new story. It almost happened. But Amare Stoudemire didn't want to sign a long term contract with Golden State. He wasn't to test the free agent market.

The only reason why it's now being talked about again it what Stephen Curry is doing now in the playoffs.

And it still worked out for the Suns right? Oh no it didn't.

May 4, 2013  02:51 PM ET

Why do they write such nonsensical stories??? You could say the same about the Knicks being that they had the next pick and planned to use it on Curry had he still be there. This is just dumb.

May 5, 2013  09:42 AM ET

The Suns Are Just Dumb, Bros.


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