NBA rumors have suggested Seth Curry — the younger brother of MVP Steph Curry — will dive into the free agent waters this summer in search of a bigger payday than he earned with the Sacramento Kings, according to multiple sources.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Seth Curry and his agent had requested that the Sacramento Kings rescind their qualifying offer for the back-up point guard, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. Seth opted out of his second year of a $4 million contract as the guard hopes to find a bigger payday with another NBA franchise.
— theScore NBA (@theScoreNBA) July 3, 2016
Seth Curry looked to be in position with the Sacramento Kings to play a bigger role in the offense after Rajon Rondo signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Chicago Bulls this week, according to a Sports Illustrated report. In a stretch of starts at the end of the season, Seth Curry averaged 14 points per outing to give the 25-year-old the best season of his NBA career.
However, the Sacramento Kings appeared to signal their intentions to move past Seth Curry by signing two free agents this weekend. Aaron Afflalo — the one-time New York Knicks guard — signed with the Sacramento Kings Saturday to a two-year, $25 million contract, according to ESPN.
On Sunday, Garrett Temple joined Aaron Afflalo on the new-look Sacramento Kings. The former Washington Wizard signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the California NBA franchise, as the team looked for a stronger defensive presence at guard, according to SB Nation.
— theScore (@theScore) July 3, 2016
Prior to the Sacramento Kings release, Seth Curry had been a restricted free agent. As such, Sacramento could have matched any offer sheet that Seth Curry signed to keep him with the Kings. As an unrestricted free agent, the guard is expected to have an easier time finding a team interested in his services.
The market for Seth will be as a back-up guard, according to CBS Sports. The article listed the attributes that Seth Curry brings to his next team.
“He’s a lights-out shooter who has improved as a playmaker and tries to be a pest defensively to make up for his lack of size. While Curry doesn’t have much NBA experience, he has shown that he should at least get a chance to compete for a primary backup point guard role.”
Rumors have suggested that several teams may have interest in Seth Curry. Count the Dallas Mavericks as one of those teams. An inside source tweeted his thoughts, suggesting that the Dallas Mavericks were currently evaluating the talented guard.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 3, 2016
The Charlotte Hornets may also be in the market for guard play, as the team lost both Jeremy Lin and Courtney Lee in free agency this summer. Jeremy Lin went to the Brooklyn Nets, while Courtney Lee rounded out a “scary” starting five for the New York Knicks, The Inquisitr reported.
Seth Curry became the center of one final controversy this past season in the DeMarcus Cousins feud with former coach George Karl, The Inquisitr previously reported. After George Karl said that Seth Curry would be in the league “a couple of years” in an interview the game before, the guard helped his team earn a victory over the Dallas Mavericks in April by scoring 23 points as a starter.
DeMarcus Cousins immediately came to the defense of Seth Curry. Cousins decided to photo-bomb a post-game interview Seth Curry was conducting, telling the camera that he would “be in this league a long time, boy,” DeMarcus began. “Remember that, a long time.” The interview gained the respect of the elder Curry brother, as Steph tweeted his approval after the game.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 28, 2016
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