One of the most exciting things about the upcoming Golden State Warriors season is that we will get to see Stephen Curry play basketball again. The two-time NBA MVP played in only five games last season due to injuries but is 100% healthy going into the new season.
The 32-year-old talked to the media following the Dubs practice and was asked about various subjects, including his thoughts on a busy offseason for the franchise. Losing Klay Thompson for a second consecutive season was a devastating blow, but Steph still likes where the team is ahead of their first game on Dec. 22 (h/t Anthony Slater).
Do you like what the Warriors did this summer and do you like where this is heading? Steph Curry: "From what we have now, I love where we’re at."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 7, 2020
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Golden State added some talented pieces in Kelly Oubre Jr. and James Wiseman. They’ll join Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins as the Warriors’ keys to success in the new season.
Curry was also asked about his future with the franchise and didn’t hesitate to let his intentions be known.
Steph Curry on his extension eligibility: "We had conversations. Everything's on the table...I'm fully committed" to his future on the Warriors.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 7, 2020
Steph added that it is a “huge goal” for him to remain in the Bay Area for the rest of his career. Curry has two years left on the max extension he signed three years ago, which saw him become the first NBA player to sign a $200 million contract. He will be paid an average of $44.4 million for the next two years, but he is eligible to sign another massive deal that would keep him as a Warrior through the 2024-25 season.
Curry has been the face of the franchise since being drafted in 2009, and it would be great to see him follow in the footsteps of Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki and spend the entirety of his career with one franchise.
If Steph commands top-dollar, he would be in line to be paid a whopping $55.7 million in the final year of his deal, when he will be 36 years old. The good news is that Curry will be able to hit 3-point bombs into his 50s, so his biggest strength shouldn’t be affected by age. His career numbers certainly show his worth. Curry has averaged 23.5 and 6.6 assists per game while shooting a ridiculous 43.5% from the 3-point line during his career. His 23.83 player efficiency ranks No. 23 among all players in NBA history.
I’m sure general manager Bob Myers will begin negotiations with Curry’s agent, Jeff Austin, in due time, but the exciting news for Dubs Nation is that Curry will be back on the court very soon.
On to some links:
Where do you Warriors in the NBA pecking order? The Ringer breaks down where each NBA team sits in their league tiers.
How do you think things in the Pacific Division will shake out? Draft Kings Nation predicts where each team will finish this season.