While ankle issues plagued him early in his career, Stephen Curry has blossomed into one of the NBA’s biggest stars, winning league MVP this past year and leading the Golden State Warriors to a historic season that resulted in a championship. Needless to say, Curry isn’t really thinking about leaving the Bay Area anytime soon, according to the Sporting News’ Jimmy Spencer.
Speaking in an interview at a golf event to promote Degree Men, Curry said free agency isn’t all that appealing to him:
“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.
Curry could become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, and with the cap set to jump to nearly $110 million that summer, he’ll be in line for a huge raise that could net him $30 million a year. The 27-year-old is currently one of the biggest bargains in the league thanks to those early ankle injuries, as he’s only set to make $11.3 million this upcoming season and $12.1 million in 2016-17. He signed a four-year, $44 million extension in October 2012, which was after he’d played just 26 games the season before.
The Warriors will surely try to lock up Curry before he even hits free agency in 2017, but even if the sharpshooter does become an unrestricted free agent, there’s little reason to believe that he’s going to bolt.
And really, why would he?
Curry is in an ideal situation with the Warriors. As mentioned, the team just came off a historically dominant season in which they won 67 games and won a title. Curry has an elite backcourt mate in Klay Thompson, and those two play off each other marvelously. Draymond Green just signed a long-term extension and is in it for the long haul, and Harrison Barnes might be up next.
Who knows what happens with key veterans Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut when their contracts are up in 2017, but even if they move on, Golden State will have some cap space to replace them thanks to the cap explosion, and one would think free agents would line up to play with the Warriors’ young core in front of a rabid home crowd every night. And there’s still a chance Iggy and/or Bogut return on reasonable deals.
Curry has also said that he and his family, which includes two young daughters (everybody’s a fan of Riley Curry!), love living in the Bay Area, giving him another reason to make it his home long term.
Some may argue that Curry wasn’t going to say anything else and that he’s just giving a stock answer, but again, there’s little reason not to believe him when he says he wants to stick around. The Warriors have a great young core, a rabid fan base and can offer him the most money in free agency. He has a young family that he likely won’t want to uproot. He’ll have plenty of suitors if he does reach unrestricted free agency, but all signs point to him flourishing with the Warriors for a very long time.