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.”
"Obviously I love it here in the Bay Area," Curry 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." Golden State will try hard to make it work. They need Curry not only for his on-court acumen but because the Warriors are trying to move to San Francisco and build an opulent new arena by 2019, and they want the widely beloved Curry to continue to be the face of their franchise.
Curry still owns a house in the Charlotte area and his parents live in the city. Father Dell is a former Hornets star who works for the team as a broadcaster, but he largely stays out of his children's decision-making processes. I asked Steph point-blank if he would consider going to Charlotte in the summer of 2017. "I don't know," he said.
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.
Curry wasn’t going to completely paint himself into a corner, but he said as much speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Although he says “curveballs happen all the time,” it should relieve millions of people in the Bay Area that Curry feels that he is home. “It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” he says.
Under Armour lost nearly $600 million of its value as a company Friday, as its stock plummeted by more than 4 percent after the CEO of a major footwear retailer said the latest version of its Steph Curry shoe wasn't doing as well as expected. Foot Locker CEO Dick Johnson said the Curry 3 "started off a bit slower than the previous models," causing a sell-off in the stock market.
The shoe faces two challenges: The first is its price. Under Armour raised the price of the Curry 3 to $140 a pair. That's an increase of $20 from the Curry 1 and $10 from the Curry 2. Second, when he plays, Curry wears a shoe with a higher profile in order to protect his ankle. Nearly 80 percent of the people who wear basketball shoes do so for fashion, and lower-profile shoes are more popular.
One wrinkle in the current proposed deal, according to sources familiar with it: Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie contracts could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, up from 200 and 250 percent, to prevent teams from arranging wink-wink deals as San Antonio and Detroit did with Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond, respectively: "Hang in free agency as a cheapo cap hold, and we'll sign everyone else first." That extra few million matters for teams scrounging max cap space. As of now, cap holds attached to players with more experience would stay the same, per league sources. That could change, of course. But the status quo would be huge for Golden State, which is counting on Stephen Curry's under-market cap hold -- $18 million, way below his $30-million-plus max salary -- to fit Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.
The longstanding estimate for a Curry max used to be a five-year deal in the $175 million range. Yet the recent dip in the league’s projections for the 2017-18 salary cap -- teams were notified in July of a forecasted drop from $108 million to $102 million –- means that $165 million over five years is the proper estimate as we speak. We arrived at that figure in consultation with ESPN cap maven Larry Coon, who projects Steph’s 2017-18 max to come in at a shade under $28.8 million as a player with seven to nine seasons of service time.
Marc Stein: After consulting the wise @LarryCoon, @espn's new latest estimate for the Steph Curry max next summer is a five-year, $165 million deal.
Ethan Strauss: Stephen Curry: "I want to be back here. I like playing here. And that's it." es.pn/2d7rIcu
Anthony Slater: Stephen Curry said he won't let his lingering free agency become a distraction: "I want to be back here" https://t.co/vSFMAZTsJQ
Curry, who is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million deal, will once again be the fifth-highest paid player on the team. That's something he said he's at peace with. "I told myself, when I made the decision to sign for what I did back in the day, that I'm blessed to take care of my family for what it was," Curry said. "And there would probably be a situation, if I played the way I was supposed to coming off that contract, that I could be underpaid or whatever. But at the end of the day, it would all come around and we won the championship and good things happened."
Ric Bucher: I think the Spurs are looking at the fact that Kevin Durant came into Golden State and that Kevin Durant may take up some of the superstar space that was previously occupied by Steph Curry... and when Steph Curry becomes a free agent, I think they are going to go hard at Steph Curry.
Stephen Curry and his Warriors, love 'em or not, are going nowhere. Thompson and Green have already secured long-term deals, while sources say it's a formality that Curry -- who runs unopposed as the foremost late bloomer in league history -- will be presented with a max five-year deal worth an estimated $175 million as soon as he's eligible for it in the summer of 2017.
2. Curry’s new contract would not run nearly as long as if he waits one year for free agency. A renegotiated extension can only be for a maximum of four seasons, and the renegotiated season counts, so a Curry contract this summer would go through the 2019-20 season while a five-year contract as a free agent next summer could give him security until 2021-22. Waiting also likely gives Curry a higher salary per season since the cap will rise again next year — especially if, as expected, the value of maximum contracts is increased in the 2017 labor renegotiations.
Diamond Leung: Stephen Curry on re-signing with Warriors: "I've always said I want to stay in the Bay... Hopefully that happens." bloom.bg/1nKl3GH
Curry again stated his desire to stay with the Warriors in a video posted on his Facebook page (scroll ahead to the 2:33 mark). Asked if he ever thought he’d leave Golden State, Curry said, “Hopefully not. Hopefully everything works out and I can finish my career here. I’ve probably got like 10 good years left.”
Stephen Curry plans to stay with the Warriors long term and isn’t interested in free agency after the 2016-17 season, the league MVP told Sporting News. “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 becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017 unless he works out an extension with Golden State before then. He remains an absolute bargain for the champion Warriors after signing a four-year, $44 million deal in October 2012 that will pay him $11.3 million this upcoming 2015-16 season and $12.1 million in 2016-17.
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency
Sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell — both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
That means the Cavs need to set their sights elsewhere. Sources say they are considering splitting the exception among two players, depending on the target, but would use the full MLE on the right fit. Indiana sharpshooter Doug McDermott will get consideration, sources say. But that will be a battle. Shooters get paid in this league. A source suggested the Cavs would likely have to go an extra guaranteed year to boost their appeal. Let’s call that the “Cleveland tax.”
Alec Burks is another possibility. The Cavs like him and would be interested in a reunion, a source says. Burks played about half a season with the Cavs in 2018-19 before getting sent to Sacramento in a three-team trade that netted Cleveland a first-round-pick.
The 26-year-old “Greek Freak” sat next to the gleaming NBA championship trophy, along with his NBA Finals MVP award and his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 29, who also plays for the Bucks. “We had to go through a long process (to bring the trophy to Greece),” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “We don’t know how many days we will stay, but we will take it with us to the places we grew up, to Sepolia and Zografou.”
Antetokounmpo added that part of his desire to win is “because I’m a people pleaser. I want to win for (son) Liam, my mother, my family, my friends, for Greece. “I might win the next title next year, or three years from now. But even if I never win another title in my life, I will still be OK, because that will have been God’s plan.”
August 2, 2021 | 12:45 am EDT Update
Tommy Beer: Stephen A. Smith, on @SiriusXMNBA , says that although Dame Lillard has not yet demanded a trade, Smith knows “for a fact” that if Dame were to be traded, New York “would be his number 1 destination,” adding “I’m telling you what I know. I’m not guessing.”