Steph Curry is the MVP and the most valuable asset for the Warriors — but will he split when his free agency hits in 2017?
While the NBA is one of the most popular sports in America, it’s one of the hardest games to remain loyal to. Part of this problem stems from the top, as teams themselves and players who are employed by those teams aren’t — for the most part — loyal to one another. LeBron James burned the Cavaliers before then burning the Heat and returning to Cleveland, while Tom Thibodeau coached the Bulls to their best stretch in franchise history since the Jordan era and was rewarded by being fired this summer after a season of push back from management.
It’s impossible to be loyal in basketball as it’s a rarity we hardly see anymore these days. If LeBron James can leave Cleveland, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard can alienate their original franchises and that fan base in addition to top coaches like Thibodeau, Stan Van Gundy and Scott Brooks getting fired despite winning, there’s seems to be no hope.
That’s what has fans nervous about the looming free agency of MVP Steph Curry. He doesn’t hit the market until 2017, but it’s embarrassingly underpaid and is going to be on a Kevin Durant and LeBron James level when his free agency arrives in two years — easily. This, combined with the general lack of loyalty in the NBA, has fans nervous that he could return to Charlotte where he grew up or head to another team for whatever reason.
For what it’s worth — and it’s worth a lot — Curry addressed the notion of leaving the Warriors and said that he has no intentions of going anywhere else.
"“As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family,” Curry said."
Curry leaving the Warriors would cripple any hope there is that loyalty still exists in the NBA. It’s a rarity, but it’s not an extinct quality among superstars. LeBron James retuning to Cleveland last summer fueled popularity in ‘going home’, but to argue that anywhere other than the Bay Area is home for Curry would be irresponsible at best. He has helped build that franchise up the way superstars are supposed to and he’s forever engrained in that community and the culture.
Plus, Riley Curry can’t go anywhere except the Bay Area. She’s more than someone who is a cute part of Dubs lore — she’s a representation of what it looks like to grow a family and a life somewhere.
Golden State has nothing to worry about, as Steph Curry going home is as simple as re-signing with the team at some point over the next two seasons.
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