Friday, June 26, 2009


Rumors began circulating hours before the draft of a trade that would send Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli, and the #7 Pick to the Suns for Amare Stoudemire was going to take place. Even before the pick, however, ESPN was assured that the Warriors were picking for themselves. The deal wasn't official and was still in the negotiating stage. It was only verbal and it was non-binding. Don Nelson even went out of his way to alert everyone that a deal for Amare was far from being struck. Why do the Suns assume that Curry is theirs? After learning that their 2nd ranked prospect fell to them at #7, the Warriors decided to nix the original deal and go in a different direction. The Suns are now being offered an entirely separate proposal that doesn't include the 7th pick. Suns need to negotiate from there, not cry foul.

If they had the original deal, including the #7 pick, in writing, that's a different story. But that would be almost impossible to do without the Warriors first conducting a physical and sitting down with Amare to hammer out an extension.

Now the Suns have the option of accepting the latest proposal or to make concessions to have Curry included. Kerr and his staff need to stop acting like the victims - trying to make the Warriors look like they are crooks. They are only embarrassing themselves by allowing too many details of the deal to be leaked prematurely, getting their fans' hopes up, and now finding that what was agreed to verbally was no longer on the table. This happens all the time. The Suns look like amateurs and should get deals in writing with the terms clearly outlined before they go to the press. Lesson learned.

Related Links
Suns admit talks to G.S., not comment on particulars -
Curry likes Warriors' style ... seriously - Ray Ratto
Don Nelson to Stephen Curry: Unpack your bags and relax - Marcus Thompson II
Nelson: Curry will stay with Warriors - AP
Suns won't get Curry for Stoudemire - The Arizona Republic
Curry pick part of likely Amare deal - The Arizona Republic

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