The other day we brought you the news that while Stephen Curry is eligible for an extension to his rookie deal right now, he likely will go into next summer a restricted free agent where he and the Warriors will let the market set his value (Golden State has the right to match any offer).
Right now Warriors are not likely to offer Curry — coming off another ankle surgery — a contract extension. Or at least not one Curry would sign.
Earlier this week Curry said he would sign a reasonable offer right now. But Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com asks the tricky, literally millions of dollars question:
What is a reasonable offer for Steph Curry right now?
Assuming you’re looking at a four-year deal, what do you offer him? Is four years, $32 million a reasonable offer for Curry under the circumstances? How about four years, $28 million? Too low, you say … how about four years in the $36 million to $40 million range?
Curry is not a max guy (four years, $60 million), then again neither is Brook Lopez and he got one. Serge Ibaka just got four year, $48 million (with bonuses that can take it up to $51 million). NBA big men like Ibaka tend to get overpaid, but what do you consider Curry’s impact when healthy compared to Ibaka?
The deadline for the two sides to reach a deal is Oct. 31. Don’t bet on it.
The fact is what Curry thinks he is worth (probably close to Ibaka) is a bigger risk than the Warriors are willing to take right now. But it could be interesting next summer when Curry, Jrue Holiday and Ty Lawson all hit the market as restricted free agents. What will the market offer them?
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.