In an interview with Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was asked whether or not he would consider joining the Charlotte Hornets, his hometown team, when he hit free agency this coming summer, and Curry’s response was, “I don’t know.” Curry is not exactly the most verbose when it comes to interviews, so that response should not be scrutinized too intensely, but it is not an unrealistic scenario.
Steph’s dad, Dell Curry, is an all-time Hornets great and is currently a television commentator for the team’s games. So Curry still has roots in the Charlotte. It is also worth pointing out that Curry has no trepidation when it comes to displaying his love for the Carolina Panthers, an NFL team based in Charlotte. It is rare for a player of his magnitude to display fandom of a team not local to the team that he plays for, so that may be a telling sign regarding just how tempted Curry might be to bolt the Warriors.
Curry is the back-to-back NBA MVP and currently playing with a bargain contract, so it seems really strange that the Warriors have displayed as little urgency as they have to offer Steph a lucrative deal in order to avoid any intense negotiations this coming summer. Of course, the Warriors had other, more pressing needs this past summer (i.e. creating enough cap space to be able to sign Kevin Durant) and are probably hoping to hold off on inking Curry to a massive contract until Durant’s situation is squared away in July.
However, Curry might not be willing to wait around to receive whatever the Dubs can afford to pay him, as pride might spark him to accept a max contract from the Hornets. Playing a super team is great and all, but Curry may look to establish himself as perhaps the greatest player ever by revitalizing a team on which he would be the lone superstar. Winning MVPs and scoring titles in Charlotte would be easy. Just look at what lone wolves James Harden and Russell Westbrook are doing this season. Because playing on a Golden State team with so many other superstars is diluting Curry’s greatness. And do not think for a second that LeBron’s reasoning for leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers did not partially involve a desire to be the lone superstar again. Curry could be desiring the same thing.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was asked whether or not he would consider joining the Charlotte Hornets, his hometown team, when he hit free agency this coming summer, and Curry’s response was, “I don’t know.”
Although, because of the ridiculously high NBA salary cap that continues to rise, it is doubtful that Curry will leave Golden State for a far more inferior Charlotte team because the Warriors will be able to offer him the moon, but it is definitely not an impossibility. The Queen City is still very near and dear to Steph’s heart, and having a chance to play for Michael Jordan’s team, in his hometown nonetheless, might be too sweet of a deal for Curry to pass up. One thing is a virtual certainty, though. The Golden State Warriors will dominate offseason discussions for the third consecutive year in the summer of 2017, and Stephen Curry’s free agency will be the primary reason why.