Stephen Curry is set to hit the open free agency market next offseason and will be one of the most sought after free agents that the NBA has seen in a long time. He is going to have a lot of teams fighting to get a meeting with him when free agency opens up. Golden State is without question the front-runner to re-sign Curry, but other teams could have a chance to make a run at him.
Looking at the potential suitors, there are a few teams that would make sense. One of those teams could be the Los Angeles Clippers, who are likely going to see Chris Paul enter free agency as well.
According to a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, a mystery contender is planning a strong pursuit of Curry next offseason. If things don’t go well with Kevin Durant, they will make the pitch that Curry can be “the man” again with them. Los Angeles may not be viewed as a serious contender by everyone, but if they can bring Blake Griffin back to pair with Curry and DeAndre Jordan, they would have a shot.
If Doc Rivers and the Clippers were able to sign Curry, it would make things very interesting in the Western Conference.
Curry averaged 30.1 points per game last season to go along with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, according to ESPN statistics. He shot 50.4 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 45.4 percent of his three-point shots. Those numbers show why Curry can make any team a championship contender.
At 28-years-old, it will be interesting to see how Curry adapts his game to playing alongside Durant. It won’t be easy for him to change his game, but if he doesn’t there won’t be enough shots to go around.
Los Angeles isn’t going to have an easy time convincing Curry to leave the Warriors. Even if he doesn’t get along with Durant well, Curry may not be interested in leaving. If he does decide to leave, the Clippers may not be the first on his wish list of new teams.
Needless to say, next offseason’s free agency period is going to be an incredibly entertaining time for NBA fans.
Don’t expect to see Curry and the Warriors part ways anytime soon. It is very likely they would rather part ways with Durant than Curry. If things don’t go well, Durant will either opt out of his deal or end up being placed on the trade block with every team in the NBA trying to acquire him.
Russell Westbrook is the other superstar point guard on the free agency market. He will be highly sought after, but Curry is definitely the cream of the crop.
Curry’s name will come up early and often in rumors as the offseason gets underway. While there doesn’t seem like much of a chance that he will leave the Warriors, stranger things have happened.
Expect to see the Clippers very much involved in the free agency process if Curry does reach the open market. They will do whatever they can to sell him on signing in Los Angeles, just like they tried to sign Durant before the Warriors ended up getting him.
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