32 wrote:Do you think I'd he's healthy by, say, the all-star break, they should extend him? Or do you think they need to evaluate the whole season?
The longer they wait the lower their risk is, I suppose. If I were the owner, I wouldn't be opposed to trading a small bit of risk for some goodwill from a key player--so I wouldn't be against
the mid-season extension. If his ankle holds up for 40-50 games, I'll be comfortable with it going forward.
But like I mentioned earlier, I think he's in line for the max either way. We disagree on this, but I don't think that goodwill will earn them any tangible discount, so I therefore don't see much of an incentive for the Warriors to extend him early. I think they'll pay the same for him whether they sign him now, February, or June (barring injury of course).
And if (what I consider) a miracle happens and no one offers him the max in the off-season, then we actually would be able to match whatever lesser offer is tendered, or negotiate for even less. But I don't see this happening, unfortunately. The Mavericks and the Jazz sh/would love
to jump in and snatch Curry up.
It's not that I think he'll offer a discount out of good will; its that I believe he has no option but to offer a discount if he's insisting they get a deal done before the season
(which, according to reports, he is).
With Curry's camp advocating an early extension, I find it hard to believe they'd think the Warriors would essentially offer him a maximum deal when they'll have the option to match if any other teams do so after the year. The only possible reason Curry could want a contract extension this early would be that he's come to terms with his actual value, injury-history included, and he wants to compromise with the team. He has to understand that the team won't just give him max money off two seasons with spotty playing time. But perhaps he's more concerned with getting a multi-year deal while his value is still pretty high. I think this means, essentially, that he's ready to negotiate. And, the scary thing is; why in God's name would he want to do that unless he's worried that his ankle won't hold up...
The Eric Gordon example is a little bit of a stretch for me. The Hornets HAD to extend him to prevent pitch forks and torches from their fan base. After the CP3 exodus, they couldn't afford to just let Gordon walk and, essentially, had a gun to their head, which EG's camp used to get a laughable contract extension. The Warriors are not in a similar situation; if Curry got a max deal from Utah or Dallas, Warriors management is not nearly as obligated to bring him back. New Orleans lost the league's finest PG for a pick and a prospect... making it impossible to let the prospect walk. Curry is simply a different situation; the fan base knows of his injury history and half of them would tell you TODAY that they wouldn't wanna pay him max money.
That being said... if he's ready to talk turkey, I'm down to give him anything between $10 to $13 million per year. Obviously, if he wants max money, they can wait til after the year to retain him. But if he's pushing for an extension, I think he's willing to deal. What do you think he's worth at this point?