SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is “pretty confident” that he can sign Stephen Curry for extra time this summer after the 33-year-old Star Guard led the league averaging 32 points per game and was one of the top 3 finalists for the MVP award.
“I see no reason not to be optimistic,” Myers said during a video conference at the end of the season on Monday. “He seems motivated; we are motivated. I would say pretty confident that we will get something done.”
As ESPN’s Bobby Marks noted, Curry’s new expansion would be record breaking: he would be the first player in NBA history to sign two separate contracts valued at over $ 200 million. Curry became the first player to sign a Supermax renewal in 2017 for a five-year contract worth $ 201 million. He is now eligible to sign a four-year extension of $ 215.4 million that would keep him under contract through the 2025-26 season.
“Of course we want Steph back in the worst possible way,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “There’s no need to think about why that won’t happen. We’re excited about it. We look forward to next season. You know, we’re coming back with Draymond [Green] and Steph are playing at such a high level to end the season and get Klay [Thompson] back and having the opportunity to strengthen our squad, to see these young people emerge, is all very exciting. “
One of the reasons the Warriors remain so excited is because they are confident that Thompson, who missed his second straight season after injuring the ACL and Achilles tendon, will return to the ground. As Myers pointed out, Thompson is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season.
“I don’t know it’ll be early this year,” Myers said. “We’ll see more as the camp gets closer. When I say the beginning of the year I mean Game 1. I don’t know if that’s realistic or not. It will be less than a year … I don’t know. ” I don’t know when the season starts but I think that will be 11 months. I don’t know that’s realistic.
“I want to talk a lot about Klay, but I hesitate because I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I don’t want people to think that when Klay comes back everything will be great as great as he is and it will be very helpful. We have to look at our team and say that Klay will be a great asset, but there are other areas that we need to improve on. But I don’t know exactly when it will be. “
Myers said a key for him in the off-season is adding veterans to the roster. Aside from Curry, who Myers said he played down the track with a “small hairline” on his tailbone, and Green, the Warriors didn’t have a strong veteran presence like they had in years past.
“I know we need veterans and the only area I can say without a doubt is that we need to free some veterans,” Myers said. “We just have to. We are very aware of it. We’ll try. We actually tried a few people last year, so it wasn’t like that mindset didn’t exist. It doesn’t matter, nobody.” takes care of it but we were in second place with some people who I think were veterans who could have helped but they chose a team after Klay’s injury that they thought they could win more and that’s fair to them. “
Myers provided an explanation for why the Warriors have struggled to gain a larger veteran presence in recent years compared to other teams.
“Some even said, ‘If Klay hadn’t been hurt, I would have come,'” Myers said. “Who knows if that’s true or not. But that’s what hopefully we’ve achieved in the last few months, which has been proven by some of these guys. I think the warriors can win. You have to believe that. I hope we showed.” “We’re close. But that’s what you get if you look at a vet-minimum guy or a vet-taxpayer who might be taking less money. Can I win with the warriors? There’s no doubt they’ll be happy with it.” play Steph and they love Steve and I think they see our organization as one that cares about its players. “
One of the players the Warriors seem to want to care about the most is 20-year-old center James Wiseman. After Wiseman’s up and down rookie season that ended abruptly after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee in April, Myers made it clear he had no intention of treating the young player during the off-season.
“I think he can help us,” said Myers. “I expect he will be on the team next year. We don’t want to trade with James Wiseman. I think he’s a tremendous talent and he’s been put in a position where the guy will hopefully take it all over again from him to lump to.” Beginning of his career but I think he can help us a lot in the future. I think he can be helpful in the present. “
Myers also said that Kelly Oubre Jr. made it clear in her Exit interview that he would like to be here; but Kerr noted that while he liked Oubre and hoped he would return, the swingman would do so from the bench.
“Klay will start when he comes back,” said Kerr. “So would Kelly be interested in getting off the bank? This is a question only he can answer. He’s going to weigh his options, we’ll weigh ours, and we’ll see where this all leads. But really like Kelly, really think it is him. ” I have great potential to be very helpful in our team. “
Kerr also said that despite the painful losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies during the play-in tournament, he’s confident the concept will stay in the game because he believes the tournament is good for the league.
“I joked that a month ago I would hate it if we lost and love if we won, but honestly, I love it,” said Kerr. “I think it’s great. I think it’s great for the league and what’s great for the league should be more important than worrying about the eighth seed missing from the playoffs. I think it should something we stick with. There was more interest in more games on the track than in a long time. There have been some mini-races in teams trying to avoid seventh place. I found it fascinating as a fan. “
As for the future of his own team, although optimistic about Kerr that the group can change things quickly, he agreed with Green’s assessment after Friday’s loss to the Grizzlies that the organization was “far away” from another Title is.
“I actually agree,” said Kerr. “I think it would be arrogant if we just missed the playoffs and said, ‘Hey, we’re right there.’ We’re far away but we like the path we’re on, we love the fact that … we let Steph and Draymond play at a high level, we have young players that have shown up.
“We know James gets better with a year. We have a few tips for the first round; we have a free agency. Most importantly, Klay comes back. You toss all of that together and I like our chances of making a big jump But no, we can’t sit here and honestly say we’re close to a championship because Draymond is right: we have to do the playoffs first before we say that. “