Jordan Poole is saying hello.
The Golden State Warriors made a significant trade in late June during the “Steph Curry Era,” sending Jordan Poole (24), the third member of the “Splash Brothers,” to the Washington Wizards in exchange for their long-time rival in the Western Conference, Chris Paul (38).
While some critics questioned the reasoning behind the move, it did allow the aging dynasty to clear enough salary cap space to retain their defensive anchor, Draymond Green.
Draymond, who is widely regarded as the heart and soul of the Warriors, gained attention when he punched Jordan Poole in the face during the 2022 off-season, causing tension within the team.
Despite this incident, Poole reportedly did not make an effort to resolve the conflict among players. On Thursday, the 2022 NBA Finals MVP, Steph Curry, expressed his gratitude to Jordan Poole for his contributions to the team, including their recent championship win, in an Instagram post.
“Yo, so now that the trade is actually final, felt like I’d come on here and just say to [Jordan Poole] how much I appreciated the four years, brother,” Curry said. “You’re a champion. You grew up right in front of everybody’s face in terms of that first year where it was rough, a lot of injuries and trying to find your way, to going to the G League and coming back and helping us finish 15-5 down the stretch in the second year, us winning a championship your third year and fighting to the end this past year…Can’t wait to see you blossom, big fella. Can’t wait to see you shine in your own situation and just looking forward to competing, obviously, but being a fan of everything that you become. Good luck to you. And [Chris Paul], can’t wait to rock with you, brother. It’s going to be different with us on the same side. Let’s get it.”
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He acknowledged Poole’s growth and success over the past four years and wished him luck in his future endeavors.
Curry also expressed excitement about teaming up with Chris Paul, as they will be playing on the same side for the first time.
Less than 24 hours after Curry’s farewell message, Jordan Poole made his debut as a member of the Washington Wizards, wearing their #13 jersey on the team’s Instagram page.
Poole is expected to be the starting shooting guard for the Wizards, replacing Bradley Beal, and will have the opportunity to be the team’s primary scoring option for the first time in his NBA career.