The fact that Stephen Curry is happy right now with the Golden State Warriors doesn’t mean he’ll still feel that way in two years when he’s a free agent.
Things NBA players say shouldn’t be taken too seriously. While they’re playing for teams, they also have to take care of their own business, which is often about making the most money they can at a certain point in time, although there are other considerations. Curry, the 2014-2015 MVP who set a new playoff record for 3-pointers in a single postseason, becomes a free agent in 2017.
As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for and the Bay Area is home for me and my family. I think the best approach for me is to try and stay as in the moment as possible. It helps being world champs, and you want to continue to build the momentum that we’ve established and I hope to have a huge part of that in the long term.
Curry is only the fifth-highest paid player on the Warriors, making $11.37 million in 2015-2016. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut are playing on bigger contracts, but that’s due to the timing of signing those deals. When Curry hits free agency in two years, the Warriors might be able to offer him a five-year contract worth $150 million or maybe even more.
With so much money flying in the air and in front of their eyes, it’s hard to not to get carried away. Curry didn’t have a “normal” upbringing. He grew up with a dad in the NBA, and might be more balanced and ready to ignore certain temptations while not keeping money as the main focus of his decision making.
But Curry is right in one sense: No matter what, don’t plan too far ahead, not in this league. The Warriors are champions now and might be set up to succeed for a few more years at least, and yet it’s difficult anticipating things that happen that get in the way of all those championships Warriors fans are envisioning. When 2017 comes, Curry might be saying something very different about the prospect of him staying with the team.