Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is confident Steph Curry and Kevin Durant will re-sign and stay with the team for the long haul.
The Golden State Warriors have the NBA’s most talented starting line-up. That line up intends to stay that way, according to Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob. Forward Kevin Durant signed a two-year deal with the Warriors this past summer with an option to opt out after one. Stephen Curry’s contract is up after this season and retaining both is Lacob’s priority this offseason. And he sounds confident both will remain with the Warriors next year.
"“I have no angst whatsoever (about re-signing Durant and Curry),” Joe Lacob said. “I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that. If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”"
Durant, who’s decision to leave his former team the Oklahoma City Thunder left many in anger, likes playing for the Warriors. He said he didn’t come to the Warriors with the intentions of only playing in Golden State for one year, so don’t expect him to opt-out. And if he does, expect Lacob and the Warriors to do whatever is necessary to keep him on the roster.
If any Warriors fans were nervous about Curry’s new deal having a negative impact on Durant, the former NBA and scoring champ said he’s in it for the long haul.
"“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”"
An article appeared on ESPN.com noting the chemistry issues between Durant and Curry. But, after Wednesday’s game against Durant’s old team the Thunder, those insinuations could be put to rest. Curry and Durant combined for 64 points as the Warriors cruised to a 121-100. If Curry and Durant aren’t clicking, then their 36-6 record and Wednesday night’s performance says otherwise.