The Golden State Warriors are 16-2, the best record in the NBA, and have won 12 in a row to shake off the hilarious first week narrative that the super team was struggling to gel. New teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are ranked seventh and eighth in scoring, respectively, and despite terribly fake trade rumors involving Klay Thompson, things seem to be going well. Very well, even. So much that it seems ridiculous to think that Curry or Durant would ever consider leaving when this season ends – but it remains a possibility.
Curry will be an unrestricted free agent in July 2017, while Durant will be able to opt out of his two-year deal and sign elsewhere. Again, the Warriors are the best team in the NBA and will undoubtedly remain favorites to return to the Finals and win another championship, but that’s not nearly as exciting as speculating about where a star player might end up next year. Just ask Blake Griffin.
Though Curry has been one of the most underpaid stars of the past few years and is due for a significant and deserved raise, it’s difficult to think of him leaving Golden State. Although he says “curveballs happen all the time,” it should relieve millions of people in the Bay Area that Curry feels that he is home. “It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” he says.
What about his previous home? The Charlotte Hornets would undoubtedly love to bring Curry back home to North Carolina, where he grew up and played college basketball. That was the estimated $165 million question that the Charlotte Observer’s Scott Fowler asked Curry in a one-on-one interview.