The Golden State Warriors fell just short of securing a playoff berth. The focus now shifts to Stephen Curry‘s long-term future as he enters the final year of his deal. With that in mind, the Warriors have quickly laid out the game plan to address the matter.
Stephen Curry’s MVP-caliber campaign
The Warriors entered the 2020-21 season with plenty of uncertainty.
Curry quickly became the shining offensive beacon that pushed Golden State into playoff contention. The star guard secured his second scoring title behind 32.0 points per game while shooting 48.2% from the floor and 42.1% from 3-point range, along with 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
The 32-year-old became the oldest player since Hall of Famer Michael Jordan to earn a single-season scoring title, while his 38 games with at least 30 points marked the most since the former Chicago Bulls great. His 337 made 3-pointers led the league, fueled by his NBA record 5.3 three-point attempts per game.
As the Warriors head into the offseason, the game plan is crystal clear regarding the star guard’s future.
Warriors lay out crystal clear game plan concerning Stephen Curry’s future
The abrupt end to the season quickly shifts the attention over to Curry‘s contractual standing.
The 32-year-old just wrapped up the fourth year of his five-year, $201.1 million deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign. Longtime general manager Bob Myers voiced Monday that the team is “optimistic” about getting an extension worked out with the two-time league MVP.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” Myers said via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “He seems like he’s motivated, we’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done.”
Curry enters the summer eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4 million extension, which would make him the first player to ink two contracts worth more than $200 million. Chatter around the matter arose last offseason as the team could have offered a three-year, $155.7 million extension.
The Warriors elected to hold off due to wanting to secure a longer deal this upcoming offseason. The decision to wait adds another year to the offer valued at roughly $59.6 million. Throughout the process, Curry hasn’t wavered in his desire to stay for the long haul.
He’s playing some of the best basketball of his career and can be the key piece to a championship-contending team. It’s only a matter of him taking the Warriors’ all-in offer.
Golden State has other major decisions ahead
Beyond securing Curry‘s long-term future, the Warriors hold other pressing decisions.
Swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. is slated for free agency as he completed the final year of his two-year, $30 million deal. The Warriors hold his Bird Rights, which allows the team to sign him to a deal even if it pushes them over the salary cap.
After a rough start, the 25-year-old performance picked up his play averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds on 47.4% shooting from the field and 36.3% from beyond the arc. However, he missed the last 10 games due to a left wrist injury.
Head coach Steve Kerr voiced that he wants Oubre Jr. back but acknowledged the veteran forward must decide if he’s fine with coming off the bench after Klay Thompson’s return.
“It would be great to have Kelly back,” Steve Kerr said via NBC Sports Bay Area. “He’s really, really talented. Obviously it was tricky at times finding the exact right role. He’s a free agent. He’s gonna have to decide what he wants.
The Warriors could also explore trade packages to acquire veteran talent by moving young players headlined by James Wiseman. Golden State can go a variety of ways, but it’s on the front office to choose which serves best.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.