While Golden State sought and added Steve Kerr as their new head coach, the Warriors could potentially lose their biggest star.
Although it’s really premature to begin speculation surrounding Stephen Curry‘s plans down the road – considering he’s got three years left on his current contract – he has expressed interest in playing somewhere specific.
According to Diamond Leung of Inside Bay Area, Curry, while on The Doug Gottlieb Show, he reportedly stated how he’s thought about possibly one day playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets.
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) August 12, 2014
Of course, as I mentioned, Curry’s in the middle of a four-year contract, with three years remaining, so this dream would only come to fruition at another time. However, the idea is plausible.
Here’s what Curry had to say on the show, via Leung:
“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like. My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.
Right now I feel like I’ve got three years left on my deal, so this isn’t going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that’s what it’s all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it’s going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion.”
It’s certainly in the realm of possibility that Curry could bolt for Charlotte, and the fact he’s states, “if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion,” adds to the speculation he’ll really contemplate the move. But for now, as he clearly says, he loves the Bay Area, and will continue to play for them until the contract expires.
Curry, 26, has spent his entire five-year career playing for the Warriors, and increased his production each season.
In 78 regular-season games last season for Golden State, Curry averaged 24 points, 8.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds-per-contest. In the Warriors’ epic seven-game first-round series against the Clippers, Curry averaged 23 points, 8.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds-per-contest.