Stephen Curry is eligible to sign a contract extension with the Golden State Warriors this summer, one that would be historic for the two-time scoring champion.
Though they failed to make it out of the new play-in tournament and into the playoffs, Warriors general manager Bob Myers is “pretty confident” that he can keep Curry around in the Bay Area.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” Myers said Monday, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “He seems like he’s motivated, we’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done.”
Curry due for record extension
Curry signed a massive five-year, $201 million deal with the Warriors in 2017, and has one year left on that deal. According to ESPN, he is now eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4 million extension this summer — which would keep him with Golden State through the 2025-26 season.
If the two sides agree to that deal, Curry would be the first player in NBA history to sign two different contracts worth more than $200 million each.
The 33-year-old averaged 32 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. He beat out Bradley Beal for the league’s scoring title, and is now the first player to earn that award at his age or older since Michael Jordan did so in the 1997-98 season.
“Obviously we want Steph back in the worst way,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, via ESPN. “There’s no reason to think why that won’t happen. We’re excited about that. We’re excited about next season. You know, coming back with Draymond [Green] and Steph playing at such a high level to finish the season and to get Klay [Thompson] back and to have the opportunity to fortify our roster, to see these young guys emerge, it’s all very exciting.”
Curry was named a finalist for the regular season MVP award this year alongside Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and 76ers star Joel Embiid. As of Monday night, Curry’s odds to win the MVP were at +2500 on BetMGM.
What about Klay Thompson?
After missing his second straight year with a torn ACL and Achilles injury, Klay Thompson is expected to return to the court next season.
Myers, however, isn’t sure when that will actually happen.
“I don’t know that it’ll be the start of the year,” he said, via ESPN. “We’ll see more as camp gets closer. When I say start of the year, I mean game one. I don’t know if that’s realistic or not. That’ll be less than a year [after his injury] … I don’t know that that’s realistic.”
Thompson tore his left ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals, and missed all of 2020. He then tore his right Achilles’ tendon while working out in Los Angeles just before last season was set to begin.
Thompson averaged 21.5 points and 3.8 rebounds during the 2018-19 season.
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