Curry waits for 'reasonable' offer


Curry waits for 'reasonable' offer

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Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is coming off an injury plagued 2011-12, one in which ankle issues forced him to miss 40 of the teams 66 games. Hes been rehabbing all summer, and it looks as though hell be 100 percent by the start of training camp in early October.Curry, who is entering his fourth season, is also eligible to sign a contract extension with the Warriors up until Oct. 31. Conventional wisdom was that Curry and the Warriors would likely pass on an extension because it really didnt seem to serve either party.After all, Curry probably cant get market value right now because hes coming off injury and there are concerns about the ankle. By the same token, how much sense does it make for the Warriors to lock into Curry for four more seasons after this one if theyre worried about his health?But Curry indicated late last week that he and the Warriors have had dialogue about an extension and that Currys open to agreeing to one. Curry said that knowing that hed stand to make more money next summer, provided he can stay healthy this year.RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part I Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II
Said Curry: If I were the Warriors, Id offer a reasonable amount and sign me up now.The reality is, as much as an extension for Curry doesnt make sense it does make sense in some ways, if you follow. Curry could ensure himself some financial stability and protection by taking a sure thing right now. And the Warriors could get Curry for much cheaper now than they could at the end of a healthy 2012-13.Question is: What is a reasonable amount For Curry?Thats the most important question.Assuming youre looking at a four-year deal, what do you offer him? Is four years, 32 million a reasonable offer for Curry under the circumstances? How about four years, 28 million? Too low, you say how about four years in the 36 million to 40 million range?New Orleans guard Eric Gordon signed a four-year, 60 million deal, and so did Brooklyn center Brook Lopez. That represents the maximum a player in Currys position could receive.Serge Ibaka, the starting power forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, just signed a four-year, 48 million extension. Obviously, Ibaka and Curry are dissimilar players but those are some numbers being thrown around.Whats likely to impact Currys status are some other point guards seeking extensions, such as Philadelphias Jrue Holiday, Denvers Ty Lawson and Milwaukees Brandon Jennings.It still seems more unlikely than likely that Curry will have a contract extension by Oct. 31. But Curry certainly made it seem possible the other day. Question is Whats a reasonable offer?

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."