“I actually never wanted to come out West,” recalls Paul, who was hooping for the then-New Orleans Hornets.
Former Dubs general manager, Larry Riley, has refuted that a blockbuster swap for CP3 was ever discussed.
Per NBC Sports Bay Area:
“Yeah, I remember it. True story,” Paul told Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera.
“Yep. that happened with a few teams. I actually never wanted to come out West. I’m born and raised on the East Coast, so I never was crazy about [Los Angeles] and all that until I finally got out here and lived out here. But at that time, all I really knew about The Bay, because I had been there to play the games, and everything was so hilly … “
The deal fell through when Paul said he wouldn’t re-sign with the Warriors, who at the time, were not yet a consistent NBA playoff team.
“First off, that’s false. That never took place,” Riley said on 95.7 The Game on April 17. “And therefore, I think everyone learned something. When you — I had to tell my mother this because she grew up in the days of Walter Cronkite — when you see something on TV or you read it in the newspaper, it’s not necessarily true.”