Despite once suggesting the possibility of playing in his hometown Charlotte someday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry intends to play his entire career with the Warriors.
Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry screams during the Warriors 2018 championship victory parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Asked on The Bill Simmons Podcast about possibly joining the Charlotte Hornets — for whom his father, Dell Curry, starred in the 80s and 90s — near the end of his career, Curry sounded like he’s closed the door on the idea.
“I love the Bay Area, man,” Curry said. “The only reason I go home now is if my sister’s getting married or to go play the Hornets for that one game, so I haven’t really been back much. I haven’t put my mind there.”
Curry was then asked if he intends to end his career with the Warriors, with whom he’s spent nine seasons since they took him seventh overall in 2009.
“For sure I do,” Curry said from Oakland. “This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.”
After Akron, Ohio, native LeBron James returned to Cleveland 2014, Curry said he had, “always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like.” He added that he was happy in the Bay Area, but said, “obviously if that opportunity comes along, it’s a different discussion.”
Curry had since indicated he will remain with the Warriors long-term, including saying in 2016, “It’s hard to see myself anywhere else.”
Golden State has reached four consecutive NBA Finals, winning three, including each of the last two. Curry has made five consecutive All-Star teams, winning the league’s MVP award in 2014-15 and ‘15-16.
The 30-year-old is under contract through the 2020-21 season, and he is set to make about $166.5 million over the next four years.
Dell Curry played 10 of his 16 NBA seasons with the Hornets, and he still ranks first in franchise history with 701 games played. Kemba Walker passed him for the top spot on the Hornets’ all-time points list last season.
Stephen Curry grew up in Charlotte and played in college at Davidson, located in a northern suburb. He expressed interest in joining a group to purchase his hometown NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, before David Tepper bought the team.
—Field Level Media