Stephen Curry, the reigning two-time MVP, has declared his intention to sign a long term extension with the Golden State Warriors, according to reports.
Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer but is currently eligible to sign an extension.
Even though most expect Curry to hold off extension talks until next July, there is a strong possibility that the point guard inks an early deal, the way Russell Westbrook and James Harden did earlier this summer.
Westbrook and Harden increased their salaries for the 2016-17 season while adding a few extra years on their existing contracts. It wouldn’t come as a shock if Curry decided to do something similar.
Curry still stands to maximize his earnings by signing a fresh contract next summer since the salary cap is expected to rise. However, he already comes under the 7-9 max bracket, meaning he can make up to 30 percent of the cap.
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Stephen Curry: A Warrior lifer
During Golden State’s media day session on Tuesday, Curry made his future plans crystal clear.
“Yes. Yes (I wish to stay in Golden State),” were Curry’s replies to questions regarding his impending free agency.
Curry’s current contract is a rookie extension. Previously, fellow MVP winners Kevin Durant and LeBron James decided to go elsewhere after their rookie extensions ended.
While James bolted for Miami Heat, Durant took his talents to the Bay Area this summer.
However, Curry intends to join the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki as players who suited up for only one team for their entire careers.
“I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that’s it,” said the reigning MVP.
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What about Kevin Durant?
It’s important to note that Durant also becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer since he signed a two-year deal with an opt out clause (after one year).
But Curry doesn’t view his fellow superstar’s decision as a distraction.
“Maybe, but I’m not going to let it distract me at all,” said Curry, when asked if he would consult Durant about his future.
Curry went on to add that he wishes next year’s free agency doesn’t become a storyline this season, the way it did with Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
“I hope not because we’ll worry about that in the summer. My answer’s not going to be any different all year. So, keep asking me, I won’t have a different one,” said the consensus greatest shooter in history.
Meanwhile, Curry said he was excited about how good the Warriors could be this coming season.
“One of those things you get excited just looking at the different possibilities, number of lineups we can put out there.”
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