The Santa Cruz Warriors announced early Tuesday morning that they have indeed traded star guard Seth Curry to the Erie BayHawks for the player rights to Scott Suggs and a first round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft.
Although it's a relatively big deal, the move doesn't come as a surprise as something like this was to be expected considering the BayHawks are the D-League single affiliate for the Orlando Magic. Ridiculous Upside predicted the move about three weeks ago as well.
On September 29, 2014, Curry signed a one-year, partially guaranteed contract for $816,000 with the Magic, which opened the door for this kind of move. Curry will most likely not make the 15-man roster for the Magic following the preseason, but this moved ensures that he will stay close to the organization in case they are in need of his services this season. It also keeps him in their system which will benefit him greatly as the BayHawks start to implement the offensive and defensive schemes of the Magic.
The Erie Bayhawks coaching staff has been observing Magic training camp, and will be installing parts of the Magic's offense and defense— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) October 7, 2014
Ridiculous Upside examined Curry's NBA viability recently, and the number of people who believe him to be an NBA player is certainly growing with each day.
Why would Santa Cruz be willing to give up a player in Seth Curry, who averaged 19.7 points and 5.8 assists in 38 games for their club? The answer is they believe Scott Suggs is very talented in his own right. Associate General Manager Jonnie West had this to say about the move.
"Seth's departure is bittersweet for the Warriors family. Though we are sad to see him leave, we recognize the great opportunity for Seth with the Orlando Magic, and their affiliate the Erie BayHawks. We are thrilled to have Scott's rights and hope to see him in a Santa Cruz uniform this season."
Suggs is 24-years-old and is currently playing for Chalon in the French Pro A League. Last season with the BayHawks Suggs averaged 18.5 points and 3.9 rebounds over 47 games. He also set new team records with 120 three pointers made and 298 attempts from deep as well (that's a 40.3 percent clip). These records could subsequently fall to the man he was traded for if Curry spends any substantial amount of time with Erie, seeing as he is a 3-point specialist himself.
Curry is of course hoping to land a spot on the Orland Magic, however, if he does spend some time in the D-League, then the BayHawks certainly just made themselves a nice power move as a projected back court of Peyton Siva and Seth Curry is formidable.