The Golden State Warriors may be a superteam, but they became one mostly organically.
After all, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were drafted by the organization and developed into stars. That trio, along with free agent signing Andre Iguodala, led the Warriors to their championship in 2015 before general manager Bob Meyers was able to convince Kevin Durant to join the already-dominant club last summer.
Back in 2012, before all the success, the Warriors were tied to free agent Dwight Howard, recognized at that point as the best free agent available. He chose the Houston Rockets, but Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reported that another big-name free agent was on the team’s radar sometime after that point.
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“They simply want every good player they can get....In July 2012, the Warriors actually secured a meeting with Dwight Howard (then the most desired free agent on the board) and pivoted swiftly to Iguodala as soon as Howard signed with Houston. Lacob and Myers once also went hard after Chris Paul but couldn't agree to trade terms with the Clippers,” Kawakami wrote.
Can you imagine a Warriors squad with Chris Paul? Depending on the time period, a question regarding who the team offered for him now becomes a very intriguing mystery. Did the Warriors offer Steph Curry and get denied? It’s hard to imagine Golden State choosing to pair Paul and Curry together on the court, given their ball-handling skills.
We will most likely never find out the answer to that question.
But, this report further proves that the Warriors do not shy away from going after star talent, either in free agency or via trade.
This becomes especially relevant due to Kawakami’s recent report claiming that the Warriors will most likely go after Paul George next summer after he completes his season alongside Russell Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder. No word on exactly how a deal would be feasible from a financial perspective was hypothesized, but the prediction came from a trusted reporter who follows the franchise year-round.
If CP3 had indeed been traded from the Clippers to the Warriors, the entire landscape of the current NBA might be very different. Based on the Warriors’ star-studded roster, teams in the Western Conference have made it a point to build their rosters around multiple stars if given the opportunity. In many ways, the current Warriors roster reflects a perfect pairing of organic (through the draft) and synthetic (through free agency and trades) styles of team building.
As a result, they have seen a remarkable amount of success in recent years, thus proving that their philosophy is indeed effective.