As Stephen Curry nears closer to the end of his contract, it draws more scrutiny toward Golden State Warriors. The expectation remains that Curry will ink a long-term extension to stay in Golden State. With players such as LeBron James attempting to lure him away, the Warriors issued a confident response.
LeBron James reportedly recruiting Stephen Curry
Over the years, James and Curry have developed an increasingly strong bond through competition and tremendous mutual respect.
The relationship has hit another stratosphere recently since James joined the Lakers. With the four-time league MVP looking to win more NBA titles in Los Angeles, a report surfaced in March from ESPN‘s Brian Windhorst revealing that James is recruiting Curry to join him.
“I thought it was hilarious over All-Star Weekend — LeBron praising Steph up and down. LeBron obviously has begun the recruiting of Steph in the event he wouldn’t extend, and that somehow he would become a free agent.”
“LeBron has begun the recruiting of Steph, in the event that he wouldn’t extend and somehow became a free agent the Lakers would have a swing at him”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise due to James continually speaking highly of his longtime colleague. In addition, he went out of his way to select Curry as part of his team in the 2021 All-Star Game.
With all that in mind, the Warriors issued a response to the scenario.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob isn’t worried about LeBron James recruiting away Stephen Curry: ‘I don’t think that’s going to happen’
Since Curry‘s contract situation became a talking point, his public stance hasn’t wavered away from wanting to finish his career with the Warriors.
However, James’ behind-the-scenes involvement does spice up the situation. Team owner Joe Lacob recently chimed in telling Tim Kawakami of The Athletic that he isn’t worried about the four-time NBA champion attempting to lure Curry away.
“I’m certainly not worried about the guy you mentioned recruiting him,” Lacob said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Lacob likely holds no concern due to Curry’s strong connection to the Warriors. It also helps that he’s more than willing to spend or do whatever it takes to build another championship-contending roster around the star guard.
James and the Lakers may want to add Curry to the mix, but that scenario needs a lot to unfold first before it can be taken seriously.
Warriors focused on working out a lucrative extension
The Warriors are coming off narrowly missing a playoff berth, which shits the focus into high gear toward building a championship-caliber team.
It all starts with securing Curry under a long-term extension as he enters the final year of his five-year, $201.1 million deal. The 33-year-old is now eligible to ink a four-year, $215.4 million contract that would keep him in place through the 2025-26 campaign.
The two sides chose to wait until this offseason to allow the star guard to ink a longer contract. Meanwhile, general manager Bob Myers continues to speak confidently about the matter.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” Myers said in May via ESPN.”He seems like he’s motivated; we’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done.”
The Warriors shouldn’t look at the extension talks in any other manner, as Curry is the face of the franchise. He’s supremely confident in the organization’s ability to build a championship contender. The proof is in the pudding, and his name on the dotted line for his next extension is inevitable.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.