It sounds like Stephen Curry wants to remain with the Golden State Warriors.
Although the two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion has another year on his contract worth $45.8 million after this season, he’s also eligible to sign a four-year extension with the Dubs worth $215 million in additional money, which would run through 2025-26.
That’s obviously a massive decision for the 33-year-old, whose last season was ruined by injuries to himself and his teammates and whose current season is stuck in middling play-in territory thanks to Klay Thompson’s Achilles injury.
Still playing at an MVP level, Curry clearly wants to win. So when ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked him about those upcoming contract decisions and what it’d mean to remain with the same franchise throughout his career, he was honest:
"It’s always been a priority [to stay with the Warriors]. … You never know what can happen, obviously. But I feel like that’s always been something that would mean so much to me."— Steph Curry on his future
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2021
Stephen Curry wants to stay with the Warriors, but left the door open
“It’s always been a priority [to stay with the same franchise],” he said. “When you look at guys like Dirk [Nowitzki], Kobe [Bryant], that I’ve played against and have heard them talk about what that’s meant, they don’t speak on it lightly. There’s a reverence for that club.
“You never know what can happen, obviously. But I feel like that’s always been something that would mean so much to me. And you want to stay competitive, you want to stay in that fight where you’re winning championships. If I can accomplish both, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Curry is just saying what you’d expect for a superstar of his stature: He wants to remain with the Warriors team where he built a dynasty, the team that drafted him and put the pieces around him to win titles. However, he’s also inadvertently acknowledging that this franchise’s window may be closing, and he’s making it known he still wants to compete for championships before his prime is done.
He technically left the door open, but more than likely, the amount of money being offered, the past success between these two parties and the loyalty on both sides will get some kind of extension worked out in the near future. This is just a subtle message to the front office to continue being proactive in order to ensure that next season, the Dubs are in a position to compete for championships again.