Stephen Curry could leave the Golden State Warriors if the Kevin Durant experiment flops miserably. The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly waiting for their western conference rivals to fail before aggressively pursuing the two-time NBA MVP.
No one in their right mind would think Curry would leave the Warriors any time soon. In the eyes of many, this simply cannot happen. But then again, no one thought Durant would leave the Oklahoma City Thunder either.
Curry is on the last guaranteed year of his $44 million contract with the Warriors. He will be an unrestricted free agent heading into the summer of 2017.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report indicated that several teams are already preparing for the looming Curry sweepstakes. One unnamed squad, who Bucher described as a “contender,” believes their team has a great shot at pouching the sweet-shooting point guard away from the Warriors.
Blue Man Hoop reckoned that aside from the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the only real championship contender in the NBA is the San Antonio Spurs. The team is currently on a mini-transition. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw are gone. Soon, it will be Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili’s turn to bid adieu to Spurs fans.
The addition of Curry would usher in a new era of San Antonio basketball. He will be joining forces with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to form the team’s new Big Three.
Needless to say, this will all depend on what happens with the Warriors this upcoming season. The only reason Curry would consider leaving the Warriors is if the team gets bogged down by on-court and locker room issues.
Several basketball experts have already listed down reasons why the Durant experiment won’t work. For one, Curry and Durant could be entangled in an embittered power struggle midway through the season.
There is also the issue of Draymond Green and his off-court shenanigans. Not only that, Klay Thompson recently stated that he won’t adjust his game to accommodate one new player.
“We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing,” Thompson shared to The Vertical, via Yahoo Sports. “I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.”