Golden State Warriors currently have the best record in the NBA at 16-2, and they’ve won 12 straight games after struggling to find their rhythm out of the gates with new pieces Kevin Durant and Zaza Pachulia. They are the odds-on favorites to win the 2017 NBA Championship after reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last two seasons including winning the 2015 title.
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Why would any player want to leave a situation like the one in Golden State?
Well, for Stephen Curry it might be a little more complicated than that.
According to ESPN, Curry will be eligible for a five-year $165 million max contract following the 2016-17 season. While that certainly is a lot of dough for one player, Curry might be one of the few players in the NBA who actually deserves that type of deal after what he’s done since joining the Warriors.
Since being selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry has won two MVP awards, been selected to three All-Star teams, made two All-NBA first teams, led the NBA in scoring in 2015-16, broken the NBA record for most three-pointers in a season, and led the Warriors to their first NBA title since 1975.
There’s a better than average chance that both Durant and Curry will be free agents next offseason which could produce a changing of the guard for the Golden State Warriors depending on what happens this season.
If things don’t work out, and the Warriors get knocked out early in the playoffs, it’s conceivable that one or both players could choose to leave Golden State. However unlikely this scenario may seem at this time, it’s certainly a possibility and something that Curry was asked about in an interview with the Charlotte Observer‘s Scott Fowler.
“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.”
Now, you may be asking yourself: why is Stephen Curry doing an interview with a newspaper in Charlotte? It’s because Curry grew up in Charlotte where his father, Dell, played for the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-98. Stephen went to high school in Charlotte and even went to college at Davidson College which is a mere 20 miles from Charlotte via I-77.
So, would Stephen ever consider playing for the Hornets?
“Yes” he said.
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