The Golden State Warriors hit the jackpot when they drafted Steph Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Since then, he has blossomed into one of the best sharpshooters in NBA history, a two-time MVP, and led the Golden State Warriors to their first championship in 40 years. To go along with his incredible performance on the court, he’s also on an incredibly team-friendly contract.
After his four-year, $12.7 million rookie contract expired, he signed an extension for another four years, this time worth $44 million. His relatively low salary cap hit has allowed the Warriors to put the right pieces around him, pushing the team to an all-time record 73 wins in 2015-16 (plus the NBA title the season before). Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguadala, and now Kevin Durant wouldn’t be possible if Curry was making true MVP money.
But all that will likely change next summer. Curry is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, and will no doubt command a max contract. And while the Warriors will certainly want their cornerstone player to return, Curry is keeping his options open.
When asked by Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer about playing for the Hornets, his hometown team, Curry didn’t rule it out completely.
“It’s on my radar,” Curry said, “But it’s not really on my mind as much day to day … obviously I had a strong tie to Charlotte and would have loved to play there. I’m very comfortable in that city. It’s hard to say exactly what the situation will be this summer.”
Curry owns a house in the area and is often seen rooting for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the local NFL team. Despite to novelty of “going home,” Curry maintains that he would love to remain with Golden State if the details are right.
“Obviously I love it here in the Bay Area,” he said. “It’s all I’ve known in the league. And if the situation is right going forward, this is a place I would love to play.”
The Warriors can offer him more money than any other team in the league, by virtue of the NBA’s contract rules. However, the team faces an uncertain future as players like Thompson, Green, and Durant aren’t likely to continue to be affordable.