The Golden State Warriors have relied on the incredible impact of Stephen Curry throughout his NBA career, netting multiple league MVPs and championships along the way. With his contract set to end after the 2021-22 NBA season, numerous teams are eyeing a potential signing of the greatest shooter of all-time, including LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
A recent mention of the possibility of LeBron James luring Stephen Curry to the Lakers came on the “Hoop Collective” podcast by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. He noted how James was putting on a ‘full-court press’ to recruit Curry to the Lakers during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
During a recent conversation with the media, Warriors President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers was asked about Stephen Curry’s inclusion in recent NBA rumors.
“We’re never going to stop hearing it,” Myers said, via The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “It doesn’t matter if a guy signs an extension anymore, whether it’s one of our guys or any guy. The drumbeat never stops. … I think rumors like that or any rumor about a great player, they’ll always be there as long as the player’s great.”
“But all we can do is make our place of work somewhere people show up and feel like they can compete. I think Steph’s felt like we’ve given him a really good chance in his time and career to compete individually and team-wise. And that’s what we’re going to keep trying to do. … What I would say: I think Steph’s happy. I think he’s in a good place. I think things are going to be fine with him.”
The Warriors currently hold a 23-24 record and rank 9th in the Western Conference standings. They could make their way into the playoffs if they can outpace the 8th ranked San Antonio Spurs in the standings, or simply get the job done in the play-in games. However, is that really the level of basketball Stephen Curry wants to play at this stage of his NBA career?
Klay Thompson being sidelined obviously has significantly impacted the Warriors. However, it remains unclear just how good he’s going to be after consecutive season-ending injuries. Spending next season in Golden State will enable Stephen Curry to get a feel for how effective Thompson will be, but also, will afford his team a chance to be more aggressive adding talent.
Stephen Curry may be satisfied with where he’s at and want to finish his career with the Warriors given all of the success he’s enjoyed. However, if NBA championships is what he wants to compete for, he’s going to need to find other superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Los Angeles Lakers to join and compete with the likes of the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.
Until Stephen Curry signs a contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, he will be featured in no shortage of NBA rumors. He is eligible to sign such a deal as soon as this upcoming offseason.