Peter Vescey at the New York Post reported that the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors almost had a deal sending Robin Lopez (who would have been acquired from Phoenix) and Stephen Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut before the Bucks pulled out because of Curry’s ongoing ankle issues:
Curry’s surgically repaired (last summer) ankle sometimes forces him to pull up in pain when he makes a sharp cut. It doesn’t seem to be a grave problem, but it’s serious enough to make him take a seat and serious enough for the Bucks to take pause.
Curry, who turns 24 tomorrow, has missed parts of the 2010-11 and now the 2012 season with injuries to his right ankle.
By December of 2010, the Warriors guard had reportedly sprained his ankle four times that season alone. Earlier this season, Curry sprained his right ankle three times in a 16-day span. Curry underwent ankle surgery in May of 2011 to repair the instability that existed in his ankle and in January of this year, Warriors GM Larry Riley reported there was no further structural damage to Curry’s ankle.
In Golden State’s most recent game, a win over the Mavericks, Curry sprained his ankle once again in the third quarter. The guard was visibly frustrated after walking back to the bench.
Curry has played in 26 games this season, averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, while shooting 45.5% from behind the arc and 49% from the field.
Moral of the story? It still seems like Andrew Bogut will be traded.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.