Sometimes, in sports, questions with obvious answers need to be asked. That’s the nature of the business—especially when it comes to free agency.
Which brings us to Stephen Curry, who will be a free agent at season’s end, and who was recently asked by the Charlotte Observer‘s Scott Fowler whether he would consider signing with his “hometown” Charlotte Hornets upon reaching the open market:
Still, Curry isn’t closing any doors. The Charlotte Hornets already have a very good point guard in Kemba Walker, who is signed through 2019, but Curry could certainly play shooting guard for the Hornets like he did for the majority of his career at Davidson.
Curry still owns a house in the Charlotte area and his parents live in the city. Father Dell is a former Hornets star who works for the team as a broadcaster, but he largely stays out of his children’s decision-making processes.
I asked Steph point-blank if he would consider going to Charlotte in the summer of 2017.
“I don’t know,” he said.
Just so we’re clear, this means he won’t consider inking a deal with Charlotte. And that sentiment holds true for the NBA’s 28 other teams. There is just no feasible scenario in which he leaves the Golden State Warriors one season after they added Kevin Durant to a 73-win core.
It would take a falling out of epic proportions for Curry to consider signing elsewhere. Durant, also a free agent this summer, could leave and it would still be tough to envision Curry abandoning the Warriors.
Unless for some inexplicable reason Golden State refuses to give him the max or sees a good chunk of its current nucleus disband, Curry’s foray into free agency should be considered a moot subject. He isn’t going anywhere.