The Golden State Warriors will be title favorites and top villains at the same time in the upcoming season. But it might last for just one season, as recent rumors indicated the “super team” experiment could backfire.
The Warriors could eventually lose fan favorite and face of the franchise Stephen Curry next summer if he fails to co-exist with newly-acquired superstar Kevin Durant. NBA insider Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report said that there is at least one team who is planning to make a serious run at Curry next offseason.
Bucher said that all 29 teams in the league are hoping that Curry and Durant will not be able to adjust to each other’s game. One of those 29 teams, tagged as title contender, already has a plan in mind.
The team planning to poach Curry believes Durant will take most of the last-second shot in his first season in Oakland. And this could spell trouble for the 2015 NBA champions.
“There are 29 teams hoping the chemistry between Kevin Durant and Steph Curry is poisonous, but there is one team that is planning for it,” Bucher said. “I’ve been told by one of the league’s title contenders that they hope to poach Curry. They see KD taking the last-minute shots that were once Curry’s domain.”
When Curry becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 NBA season, the unnamed team will reportedly jump the gun and approach the two-time Most Valuable Player. They are planning to convince Curry by promising that the high-scoring point guard will “be the man” once more if he leaves the Warriors.
Curry led the team in shot attempts at 20.2 per game last season, where he averaged 30.1 points on top of 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. His numbers are expected to go down with Durant in the roster. The former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar took 19.2 shots last season, posting 28.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.
But for now, Warriors fans need not worry as Curry and Durant are trying to build chemistry even before training camp. In fact, San Jose Mercury News revealed that Curry is helping his new teammate find a home in the Bay Area.