On Monday, it was reported Stephen Curry had no interest in bolting Golden State when he becomes a free agent in 2017 – “As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at.”
“Hopefully not. Hopefully everything works out and I can finish my career here. I’ve probably got like 10 good years left.”
What did you think he would say? He just won a title, and he certainly wouldn’t want to start up the rumor mill for no reason.
Curry is on ]a steal of a deal right now. He will make $11.4 million next season — the 54th highest paid player in the league (according to ESPN’s Marc Stein). The reason is when his contract extension came up, he was still battling the ankle injuries that plagued his early career — nobody was sure if he would get past that and be a steady player. It was a fair deal at the time; he got some security, and the Warriors bet on their star blossoming and having him at well under market value. Golden State won that bet.
Curry is obviously a max player come 2017, and the Warriors will back up the Brinks truck.
Why do max guys leave? Because they see a better chance of winning elsewhere. Including LeBron James (it was part of his decision, a younger core around him). The summer of 2017 is a long way off, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine Curry will look at the Warriors’ roster and think he needs to get out of there to win.
In the summer of 2017 Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, and Derrick Rose all could be free agents, and all of them are more likely to look around than Curry (at least as it seems now). In that environment, you can Curry re-signing with Golden State within minutes of the July 1 free-agent window opening. Well, so long as a lockout doesn’t ruin all of the fun.
Steph is one of the best to ever play. I think I’m right there by him. We both led the NBA in 3s, we were No. 1 and 2. I don’t know if that has ever happened on the same team.
So, I think we’re the best shooting backcourt, maybe of all-time.
We still got a lot to prove, and I still think we are just scratching the surface of what we can be.
The questioner is unclear whether she’s referring to the present or all-time, but Thompson surely knows how Jackson’s statement influenced the terms of the conversation.
The Splash Brothers are definitely the best-shooting backcourt in the NBA right now.
I’d take them all-time, too. When Jackson made his assessment, I still gave the edge to the underrated Steve Nash-Quentin Richardson tandem. But in the two years since, Curry and Thompson have proven their shooting prowess.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with the NBA’s reigning MVP and Finals MVP Stephen Curry at the at the TPC Harding Park Golf Club (home of the 2020 PGA Championships) recently, and we got to talk about his love of golf and what it was like to play a round with President Barack Obama.
We also talked hoops, and what it will take for Golden State to go back-to-back, and you can see that conversation — and discussing the style and legacy of the Warriors — above.
Curry, who was there on behalf of one of his sponsors, Degree antiperspirants (which involved deeply in motion analysis and the study of human movement, such as Curry golfing), also talked to me about if he has had any downtime to relax this summer.
“A little bit,” Curry said. “We’ve been moving around a lot this year, from place to place. Obviously there’s a lot of opportunity to celebrate what a great season it was, and obviously the new addition to our family. A lot has changed.
“But in the offseason I get out and play a little bit of golf, I stay moving that way, and then obviously you have to prepare for next season too and I’m already in that mindset. So it’s been a pretty crazy summer celebrating good things, great things, but there’s also been a good amount of time to reflect on how special it was.”
Stephen Curry says he’s not interested in leaving Warriors in 2017 free agency
“As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family,” Curry said.
Of course, Curry feels this way right now. Golden State just won a championship, and Curry is reigning MVP. It’s hard to imagine his situation being any better.
A lot can change in two years.
I’d bet on Curry remaining happy, though. The Warriors are a pretty young team and should contend for a while. They have an innovative coach in Steve Kerr, and a strong front office led by Bob Myers. This is a recipe for prolonged success.
Of course, Golden State will have to pay up to keep Curry. A max contract projects to be worth more than $175 million over five years in 2017, and that’s not even accounting for the possibility of the union fighting for a higher individual max by then.
One of the keys to the Warriors’ success is Curry’s relatively low-paying extension. That has freed them to spend more on supporting players and build a strong and deep roster, but the clock on that luxury is ticking.
Re-signing Curry will bring complications for the Warriors – complications they’ll gladly face to keep their top player. He’s going to get paid. There’s no way around that.
But if he’s not even forcing Golden State to recruit him, that’s one hurdle already cleared.