It has been made clear over the past decade that in order to win a championship in the NBA, you have to have star players. While the Hornets certainly improved their roster last summer, they still don't have a first (and maybe even a second) tier superstar.
So, as the Hornets try to bring back the core from this past year's team this summer, let's look ahead to the summer of 2017. If things go as planned this summer, the Hornets should have a significant amount of cap space to use come next July.
Who better to use it on than Stephen Curry?
Stephen Curry has taken the NBA by storm. He was just named the league's most valuable player, and he's closing in on his second championship after leading his team to an NBA record 73 wins. Wow. With so much success in Oakland, why wouldn't he want a change of scenery? By the time his contract expires next summer (assuming he doesn't sign an extension before then) he'll in all likelihood be a 2-3 time champion with the Warriors.
Before you close this window and continue scrolling through your twitter feed, let's talk about this. I am aware that I'm not the first one to bring this up. In fact, I've always been the one to shut down others when they bring up the idea. However, the more I think about it, the more I can see it happening.
So why wouldn't he decide to come home? To the place where he was born, the place where he grew up, and to play for the team he watched his father play on. It's clear that Charlotte is still in his heart, as he passionately roots for the hometown Panthers. He even brought the Larry O'Brien championship trophy to his high school, Charlotte Christian.
Sure, it may be along shot, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to think about. Could you imagine a city with its major league sports teams led by Cam Newton and Stephen Curry? If that were to happen, Under Armor might as well move their headquarters from Baltimore to Charlotte.
Curry is set to make $12.1 million dollars next year, and will be due for a significant raise the following year. The Warriors will have the first opportunity to sign the Davidson College product to a long-term deal.
Make no mistake about it, if Curry is a free agent in 2017, the Hornets, along with the other 29 teams in the league, will be giving Curry's agent a call. But, It's ultimately up to him to decide if he wants to try and lead his hometown team to the promised land.
Other NBA News:
-The NBA Draft lottery is tonight at 8:00 and will be broadcast on ESPN. After the top 14 teams know where they'll be picking, game one of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place on the same network.
-The Thunder overcame a 13 point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors 108-102 in Oakland, they now have a 1-0 lead in the seven game series.
-Steven Adams made news last night, and not just for his impressive play. The breakout center called the Warriors guards "quick little monkeys." He has since apologized and described his comments to USA Today's Sam Amick as a "poor choice of words."
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Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe