Stephen Curry could use the summer of 2017 to shop around his talents on the NBA free agency market. Chances are he won't, though.
Fresh off of winning the league's MVP and leading the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA championship, Curry wants to make it clear that he's committed to calling the Bay Area home for years to come and possibly without taking the franchise and its fans through the free-agency process.
“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 told the Sporting News.
Curry is set to become an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2017. Curry is still playing under the four-year, $44 million extension that he signed with the Warriors back in October 2012. In hindsight, that contract was an absolute bargain for the MVP, who averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. However, he was coming off ankle surgery at the time.
While Curry, 27, says he doesn't find free agency to be appealing now, he will certainly command a max extension in two years. Already winning one title should make it easier for Curry.
“It helps being world champs and you want to continue to build the momentum that we’ve established and I hope to have a huge part of that in the long term,” Curry said. “But I think the best approach for me is to try and stay as in the moment as possible. Everybody in this league is going to have many decisions to make, and you’ll be in a lot of different situations throughout your career, so in order to enjoy the ride, you kind of have to not get too ahead of yourself and just stay in the moment.”
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