The free agency madness is about to hit the NBA today, as teams are officially permitted to talk to prospective players starting at 3PM PT. Deals can’t be finalized until Friday, but we’ll have a pretty good ideal of how it’s all gonna shake about by then thanks to breaking news reports from all over. We can count reports from the usual suspects like Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania, and Marc Stein to keep NBA fans checking their phones every 15 minutes to stay updated on player movement.
Speaking of player movement, or lack thereof, Stein reported that the two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to sign a four-year, $215 million extension with the Golden State Warriors.
Among the topics covered: All signs point to the Warriors and Stephen Curry reaching terms on a four-year, $215 million extension this summer.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 2, 2021
This is obviously fantastic news; Curry is once-in-a-lifetime player, the face of the Bay’s franchise, and the Warriors’ biggest hope to reclaiming the throne. He’s coming off arguably the greatest season of his illustrious career, nearly snatching a third MVP after willing a broken down and depleted Golden State team to the 8th-best record in the West. Even though his team missed the playoffs, there’s no doubt Curry reminded everyone that HE IS THAT GUY.
Records smashed & history made.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 15, 2021
Stephen’s 2020-21 season milestones are one heck of a lineup pic.twitter.com/iSoT3ZCY6I
Return of Unanimous
I hope this news serves as a nerve calmer for those basketball observers who spent the last year beating the “CURRY’S GONNA DEMAND A TRADE BECAUSE THE FRONT OFFICE FAILED HIM” drum.
this sucks. steph curry having a career year and it’s a waste.— Jamal Cristopher (@Clippers24seven) March 12, 2021
there isn’t a clean way out of this. klay off of an ACL and a achillies isn’t fixing this imo. it’s why i think steph curry is a candidate to demand a trade at some point. he still wants to play for chips i think. https://t.co/83wC0Je1AW
If the Warriors don’t acquire a star this offseason, if I were Steph Curry, I would demand a trade. Other organizations like the Bucks, Lakers, and Nets made moves to make their star powers happy and made moves to compete and Steph deserves that same level of respect— Pranav Sriraman (@PranavSriraman) July 24, 2021
Maybe those fans were too scarred from the mismanagement debacles of years past where Golden State couldn’t hang on to studs like Wilt Chamberlain, Robert Parish, Chris Webber, the We Believe core, and several other certified hoopers.
Or maybe these fans knew nothing of those days and were merely Curry supporters that were frustrated seeing Unanimous struggle with a tattered roster during the age of “player empowerment”. We’ve heard tell of star players allegedly quitting on their franchises because the team is “just not good enough”. Even the great Kobe Bryant was openly vocal about demanding a trade because he lost faith in the Los Angeles Lakers’ organization:
“At that time, the Lakers had to do something. I was just losing faith in what they were trying to do. It was like I was a meal ticket,” Bryant told ESPN this week when asked about that time period. “You come out and score 40, 50 points, fill the seats, we’re going to keep the payroll at a minimum, generate revenue. It’s like, look, listen, I am not with that, dude. I have to win without Shaq. I’ve got to do it. We’ve got to do something.”
But I think we have enough evidence to show that these current Warriors are very interested in winning championships with Curry. Heck, they already won three in five straight Finals trips, literally making NBA history for their dominance. And there’s a very understandable reason they haven’t won the last two years: they had a dead max contract slot assigned to the injured Klay Thompson, who is one of the premier wings of the modern era. (I hear he’s coming back though mwahahah).
Even if some pundits may disagree, it’s clear Curry hasn’t lost faith in this ownership group or his teammates. In fact, if we know anything about Curry’s history, we know that he relishes creating something great out of adversity.
Promise to all the Warrior fans...we will figure this thing out...if it's the last thing we do we will figure it out— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 12, 2009
Are you happy Steph Curry signed a 4yr extension rather than demanding a trade?
This poll is closed
Yes! He’s as loyal as they come!
No! He’s too loyal to a damned franchise!
Mmmm I wish he would have taken one of those Tim Duncan/San Antonio Spurs style veteran paycuts...