Warriors owner: We’ll ‘do whatever it takes to keep Steph here and happy’

Posted: 15/06/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Stephen Curry is about to hit unrestricted free agency, where he’ll have the opportunity to go anywhere his heart desires.

The Golden State Warriors hope that means their starting point guard will stay in the Bay Area. They’ll do everything in their power to ensure it happens.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes to keep Steph here and happy,” team owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of Bay Area News Group. “And I know he wants to be here and we want him here. So, I do not anticipate any issues with him staying.”

Curry said during the regular season that he cannot fathom leaving the Warriors, who drafted him in 2009 and fostered his development into superstardom.

“Like I’ve said from Day 1 when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play,” he said in January. “Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization’s amazing, we’ve put together an amazing team that’s competing for championships every year.

“There’s really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere.”

He’s right. Boasting by far the most talent in the NBA and a culture predicated on selflessness and joy – for which Lacob credits Curry with starting – the Dubs just captured their second championship in three years.

On-court dominance and organizational excellence aside, Golden State can offer the reigning two-time MVP a longer and more lucrative deal than anyone else. With his All-NBA Second Team selection this season, Curry is eligible for a super-max deal worth about $205 million over the next five years in Oakland. It’s a huge jump from his bargain deal that saw him earn about $11 million annually for the past four years.

Led by Chef Curry and three other All-Stars in their primes in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, there’s no reason why Golden State can’t continue this run if its core remains intact.

That’s the goal for Lacob and the Warriors, whose free agents this summer include Curry, Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee, David West, and Zaza Pachulia.

It’s conceivable that some of those players could bolt, but it seems highly unlikely in Curry’s case.

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