Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have played exactly zero minutes together as Golden State Warriors teammates, so we have no real idea how the two will work together. The rest of the NBA, meanwhile, is hoping that things go south, and one of them is actively planning on it. Here’s Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher with a quick item about it.
In case you can’t or won’t listen, here’s what Bucher said:
“There are 29 teams hoping the chemistry between Kevin Durant and Steph Curry is poisonous, but there is one team that is planning for it. I’ve been told by one of the league’s title contenders that they hope to poach Curry. They see KD taking the last-minute shots that were once Curry’s domain. Their pitch will be, ‘Come to us, and you can be the man once more.’ “
It’s probably a fool’s errand to guess the name of the “title contender” here, but we can probably narrow it down to a handful of teams: The Cavaliers, Clippers and Spurs, plus maybe the Raptors or Thunder, and if you get expansive with your definition you could probably throw in the league’s 48-34 foursome (Celtics, Heat, Hawks and Hornets, who all finished with the same regular season record). After that, it’s a real stretch (as is the thought of Curry ever playing in Toronto).
ANYWAY, Curry is under contract through the 2016-17 season, when he’ll absurdly be the Warriors’ fifth-highest-paid player at $12.1 million, the byproduct of the four-year, $44 million deal he signed in late 2012, when he was still “Stephen Curry — DNP (ankle)” and not “Stephen Curry — two-time defending MVP.” That glitch will be rectified after next season when Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent and signs the maxest of max deals. And there’s one team out there, apparently, that is hoping for a messy divorce.