It's hard to imagine Stephen Curry in a better situation than the one he's in now. He's one of the best players in the league and is coming off a season in which he won the Most Valuable Player award and an NBA title.
Not surprisingly, the 27-year-old isn't considering leaving the Golden State Warriors.
"As I am thinking right now, free agency isn't really appealing to me, because I love where I'm at, love the organization I'm playing for and the Bay Area is home for me and my family," he said Monday, via Sporting News' Jimmy Spencer.
"It helps being world champs, and you want to continue to build the momentum that we've established, and I hope to have a huge part of that in the long term," he continued.
Curry echoed those sentiments when asked by Facebook fans on Aug. 25 (via Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk) about potentially leaving Golden State, saying, "Hopefully not. Hopefully everything works out and I can finish my career here. I've probably got like 10 good years left."
Considering the way salaries have ballooned in recent years, Curry will earn a relatively modest sum of $11.3 million in 2015-16. ESPN.com's Marc Stein added some perspective to that cap figure:
His salary will rise to $12.1 million in 2016-17 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017.
The Warriors should have plenty of cap space by then. The only players with guaranteed deals signed beyond 2017 are Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, according to Spotrac. Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut will be free agents that summer as well, however, which could eat into Golden State's payroll.
The Warriors will almost certainly offer Curry a max deal by that point, and the only question will be whether he wants to stay there.
While the 2014-15 MVP is saying all the right things, there's always the chance he'll change his mind between now and when he becomes a free agent. He wouldn't be the first star player to do an about-face regarding his future.
With all of that said, there isn't any apparent reason Curry would see greener pastures beyond the Bay Area. He's the best player on the defending NBA champions, and he plays for a head coach, Steve Kerr, whose style perfectly suits his game.
In a time when so many fans worry that their biggest stars will leave in free agency, the Warriors faithful must be feeling good about their future with Curry so adamant about envisioning himself as a Warrior for the long haul.