Stephen Curry is looking ahead – to his quest for another championship and to his contract expiring in 2017.
“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.