Golden State Warriors big man Stephen Curry said the possibility of signing an extension with the franchise is “on the table” and reiterated that he is hopeful he will eventually retire from the only professional team he has ever known.
32-year-old Curry acknowledged that the discussions are ongoing, when asked if he plans to sign a contract extension.
“We have conversations,” said Curry on Monday during a video conference with reporters. “Everything’s on the table right now. Everything I’ve talked about being a Warrior and what the future holds. Obviously (I’m) fully committed on what that is. And understanding I’ve got to do what’s right for me and the team and having those conversations. I feel blessed to be in that position where I can say that and truly believe that, so it’s a matter of just letting things play out the way they should and that’s kind of where we’re at right now,” he added.
Curry was originally selected by the Golden State Warriors with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft. The guard is currently in the middle of a five-year, $201 million supermax extension signed in 2017 as reported by ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the max extension that Curry is eligible for would be for three years and $156 million. It would begin in 2022-23.
The two parties have until December 21 to finalize an extension this season.
Curry reiterated what he has said publicly multiple times over the years, which is that he is hopeful that he can end his career as a Warrior.
“That’s a huge goal for sure,” said Curry. “It’s an elite club of guys that you look at that have played with the same organization and been successful and achieved greatness in that respect. So that would be an awesome accomplishment. Something that I’ve obviously spoken publicly about and am very committed to. But that also goes with there’s a lot more to be accomplished on the court, and again I can’t fast forward to what the end is going to be and not enjoy the moment, enjoy the challenges we have in front of us and what I have left to accomplish as a player so we’ll see what happens,” he remarked.
Curry, a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion, noted that he is in no rush to lock in the security that would come with such a huge extension – he is simply focused on trying to get the Warriors to be the best team they can be in the present scenario.
He also said that while the number of years could always fluctuate depending on how he is feeling, he is hopeful that he will be able to play at least as much as his father, Dell, did.
Despite the fact that his friend and teammate Klay Thompson is out for the year after tearing his Achilles, Curry remains optimistic about the Warriors’ odds in the short term.
“I know you guys can analyze the salary-cap sheet and look at what decisions might be in the future, but for what we have right now, I love where we’re at,” he said. “I love the fact that we have enough experience to surprise a lot of people this year and try to compete at the top of the West, see what happens.”