Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry has high hopes about his future in California.
Curry, who turns 33 in March, doesn’t intend to retire yet. The two-time MVP has unfinished business with the Golden State Warriors, who struggled through an injury-depleted campaign — one that saw Draymond Green become the No. 1 option with Curry and Klay Thompson out — last year.
Curry is back, however, and he has an ultimate goal in mind. Although the Warriors may want Curry to reach that feat, they also have to be aware that it could cost them over $150 million in the process.
Stephen Curry is the greatest player in Warriors history
Stephen Curry is already entering his 12th season, and he’s shown no signs of stopping dominating the NBA.
A six-time All-Star, Curry enters the 2020-21 season having averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.7 steals in 699 games and 693 starts.
One of the greatest sharpshooters in NBA history, Curry made 2,495 threes on 43.5% shooting from long-range in those first 11 years. Curry is already third all-time on the three-point list behind Ray Allen (2,973) and Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller, who closed his career with 2,560 threes.
Curry is no stranger to the postseason, and he’s played some of his greatest basketball in the playoffs. In 112 career playoff games, Curry has averaged 26.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per night.
Curry shot 45% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range in the postseason.
Curry wants to retire with the Golden State Warriors
If Stephen Curry gets his wish, he will never play for any other team in the NBA.
Curry has played with the Golden State Warriors since 2009, and he sees no reason to change things. In a recent interview with ESPN, Curry explained why he hopes to play his entire career with the Warriors.
“[Staying with Golden State is] a huge goal for sure. It’s an elite club of guys that you look at that have played with the same organization and been successful and achieved greatness in that respect. So that would be an awesome accomplishment.”
Curry is under contract for two more seasons, and will tentatively hit free agency at 34 years old in the summer of 2022.
Stephen Curry could cost the Warriors over $150 million
If Stephen Curry hopes to close his career with the Golden State Warriors, things could get expensive.
ESPN analyst Bobby Marks recently reported that if Curry signs an extension, it would likely be a three-year, $156 million deal that would kick in before the 2022-23 starts. Curry would make $48 million in the contract’s first year and receive increases of $4 million over the next two years.
In that situation, the Warriors have to ask themselves two things. First, would Curry be willing to take less money as he gets older so that Golden State can build a better team around him, much like Tom Brady did with the Patriots?
At the same time, do the Warriors want to guarantee a point guard that much as he reaches his mid-30s?
Curry has done more than enough in his career to warrant a $150 million extension for his final years. But if he gets that money, the Warriors need to make sure the basketball gods protect Curry from injuries.