There has been a lot of talk about the Golden State Warriors breaking up because one or more of their superstars will want to get paid more. Or even be the first option on another team. One player that knows that he won’t be leaving is guard Stephen Curry.
When asked by Bill Simmons if he wanted to play for the Warriors for the rest of his life, Curry replied “For sure I do. This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.”
Three championships and two MVP Awards later, Curry is a happy camper. That type of success is rare because not many players even get to play on the biggest stage, the NBA Finals. Curry has already filled his resume for the Hall of Fame and he is still in his prime.
Staying in Golden State is smart for Curry because they cater to him and he has a lot of say in their management decisions. Even if he doesn’t lead the team in scoring, the Warriors will always be his team.
Curry may stay but that doesn’t mean his teammates will. Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant’s contracts expire after the upcoming season. They can leave and join another team and become the face of the franchise. They can’t achieve that with the Warriors with Curry around. Will they leave or will they stay together?
As of this moment, I don’t have a clue. If I had to guess, I don’t think either of them will leave. Yes, they can make more money with another team but they will have to leave the Warriors and that’s where most of their close friends are. More so for Thompson because that’s the only team he knows.
There are going to be a lot of external factors that we can’t predict. Not every player wants more money. Some want to win while others want to stay in one place. I can’t see Thompson leaving and if he does leave, that will leave the Warriors without a key player. Replacing him wouldn’t be easy.
Analysts are also predicting Draymond Green leaving but that sounds like a stretch. He gets a lot of freedom with the Warriors and I don’t think he would get that same freedom with other teams. The Warriors trust him and let him do what he does best and it works for them. Unless other teams replicate the Warriors, Green wouldn’t be as effective as he is.
The Warriors have Curry to recruit for them and that helps a lot. He gets along with players and is always willing to find a solution. With his stay guaranteed, the Warriors can focus on resigning the others. It will be hard for players to walk away from the Warriors with the success they have had the past four years but time will tell if they do or not.