Back-to-back MVP winner Steph Curry flirted with a Charlotte homecoming, but I don’t think the Hornets should exactly be expecting the Golden State star signing with them next summer when he hits free agency. In an interview published in the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday, Curry said that Charlotte is “on his radar” as his current contract nears its completion.
Curry, who was raised in Charlotte and whose parents still live in the area, will become a free agent at the end of this season. But, much like Wizards fans with Kevin Durant this past summer, Hornets fans should not exactly be holding their breath for a Curry homecoming in 2017. I mean, how could you leave a team with KD, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green? Especially if they win another championship this season.
As the summer of 2017 hits, the Warriors will have to spend some serious money in order to keep their All-Star roster together for another season. Curry will be a free agent and probably will be looking at a deal worth north of $160M in total. KD, who signed a 2-year, $54M deal last summer, will likely opt out, will be looking at a max deal, starting at $38M next season. And with Thompson and Green under contract until 2019 and 2020, Golden State will be right around the cap limit with just these four contracts.
The Warriors can afford to get a deal done with Curry even after giving KD a max deal, and they can offer him more than any other team in the league. And with rising star Kemba Walker under contract with the Hornets, it does not make much sense for Curry to leave Golden State to go home, or for Charlotte to pay him when they have Walker under contract until the summer of 2019.
From at least my perspective, it only makes sense for Curry to resign with his current employer. They can offer him the biggest contract, they have three of the best players in the league (not including the 2015 and 2016 MVP) on the payroll. They will be among the favorites to win championships for at least the next 5 years. What real reason is there for the 28-year old to leave right now, even if it his for his hometown? Dub Nation should not have any worry.
Months away from having to make his decision, Curry and the Warriors sit at 16-2, atop the NBA standings, and are poised to make another serious run at a championship, looking to avenge blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs last spring. And with KD on the roster, I expect them to get it done in the spring.
If KD stays, I think Curry will stay. And maybe Charlotte fans will be able to see suit up in the purple and teal one day, but he will be much older, and have a few more MVPs and titles in his trophy case.
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