Recent news on Lacob and Ellis/Curry back court:
Lacob said both Curry and Ellis would be Warriors “for a very long time.”
Curry seeks security
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry(notes) was surprised after the franchise’s new owner, Joe Lacob, told the San Jose Mercury News he would be willing to break up the team’s small backcourt of Curry and Monta Ellis(notes) if the right offer came along. Lacob also called Ellis “our core, franchise player” in the interview and didn’t give Curry similar praise. As recently as the summer, Curry had been viewed by franchise officials as the player they’d least likely trade.
“It was the first time that I had my name associated with the word ‘trade’ in the same sentence,” Curry told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s a little bit of a shock; I can’t lie about that. I feel like I’m working hard to get better every day and doing what they ask me to do.”
Curry said he received an apologetic text message from Lacob the morning after the Mercury News interview. Warriors general manager Larry Riley also called Curry, his father and his agent to calm the situation. In an interview with Bay Area radio station KNBR this week, Lacob said both Curry and Ellis would be Warriors “for a very long time.”
“He was making sure I was certain that he liked my game, liked me here, liked how I fit with the system,” Curry said of Lacob. “He could have easily let me read and interpret it for myself.”
Curry doesn’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon.
“I think optimistically about everything,” he said. “I like it here. I like my teammates and everything about the Warriors organization. I can’t picture being anywhere else, especially this early in my career.”