Stephen Curry is going to get a healthy contract after his rookie deal ends. Because, when you shoot the rock — and there is no doubt he can shoot, he hit 45.5 percent from three last year — you play in the NBA.
But ankle injuries have limited him the last two seasons, he’s had two surgeries on said ankle, and the Warriors are just now getting to see how he is responding heading into training camp this season.
Which leaves the Warriors with a tricky question — do you try to work out a contract extension with Curry now before the Oct. 31 deadline or wait until after the season when he can be a restricted free agent?
Curry says he doesn’t know what will happen, as reported by Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.
“I’ve talked to Bob (Meyers, Warriors GM),” Curry said after the Wednesday burn that lasted about 90 minutes, in addition to his therapy. “He’s expressed that they want me as a part of the future. Obviously it’s a business decision, an investment, and they have to protect themselves as well. I don’t know what that’ll mean and exactly what they’ll offer. But hopefully they see how hard I’ve been working in the summer to get back and that I have a different optimism than I’ve had going into each year. I’m ready to go.
“They’ve seen me work out a little bit now. Knowing that we went into the ankle in April and saw there was no structural damage, no red flags that say, ‘Hey, he’s not going to be the same player ever again’ — all those things kind of add up to me being a good investment piece for the future.”
The Warriors would be smart to wait here.
Next summer they will not have lost Curry’s rights, they can still work out an extension with him. Or, they can extend a qualifying offer and let him test the free agent market, with the Warriors having the right to match.
The Warriors have questions about Curry’s ankle (and they need him to play 70 games this year to have a shot at their goal of the playoffs). They have questions about how he might fit with two-guard Klay Thompson and guys like Andrew Bogut in the middle. It’s better to wait if you can.
But if Curry has a big season, that waiting strategy is going to cost the Warriors a lot more money.