He then went on to imply that at an unspecified point earlier in his career a “Steph in Charlotte” scenario might have been more possible, saying “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.” My read on this? Barring an enormous turn of events, Curry and Golden State are joined at the hip and will be for the next few seasons. But Curry isn’t saying “no” in part because it wouldn’t be smart business to close off every avenue when he might soon be signing what could be the richest deal in NBA history.
I personally think if Curry ever plays in Charlotte it would happen sometime in his mid-30s, after his next blockbuster deal expires. As for now, though, he said he’s not thinking about free agency. “It’s on my radar,” he said, “but it’s not really on my mind as much day-to-day. I’m just trying to enjoy what this season is going to bring.”
Storyline: Stephen Curry Free Agency
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For the fourth consecutive season, Charlotte Hornets forward/center Cody Zeller is encouraging fans to help him and the team collect socks to help those in need within the Charlotte community. Presented by Hanes, Cody Zeller’s Sock Drive collects socks to be distributed to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Women and Children’s Shelter, an emergency shelter in Charlotte. As part of Cody Zeller’s Sock Drive, fans are encouraged to bring a new package of socks to any Hornets home game at Spectrum Center from Nov. 29-Dec. 23.
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Courtney Lee said the Hornets, who the Knicks play Friday at the Garden, were too obsessed with re-signing Nicolas Batum to focus enough on his free agency. Lee had a very competent season in helping lead Charlotte to the playoffs and it earned him a four-year, $50 million package with the desperate Knicks. “I was in contact with a lot of them but I wasn’t their No. 1 priority,’’ Lee said. “Batum was. They were meeting with him and other opportunities knocked on my door for me and my family.’’ In fact, the Sixers gave Lee a stronger offer, but Joakim Noah, as reported by The Post, convinced him to join the Knicks. Lee said he would give Charlotte’s “secrets’’ to the coaching staff.