Both Steph Curry and the Warriors want him to finish his Hall of Fame career in the Bay Area.
In November, Curry said he "one thousand percent" wants to play his entire career with the Warriors.
Neither side wants the partnership to end. It likely won't, even though Curry didn't sign a contract extension before the 2020-21 NBA season.
While that news raised a few eyebrows, it really wasn't that big of a deal. Curry is signed for the 2021-22 season, and if he waits until after this season to sign a new deal with the Warriors, he can get more money.
Curry acknowledged before the Dec. 21 deadline to sign a three-year, $156 million extension that he and the Warriors have had conversations about a new deal. Those talks likely will pick up again after this season concludes.
To put it bluntly, Curry isn't going anywhere. He's going to stay with the Warriors beyond the contract.
That hasn't stopped NBA pundits from speculating about a possible departure for Curry.
During Monday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, host Rachel Nichols and analysts Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins were discussing what the Warriors should do ahead of the March 25 trade deadline. Should president and general manager Bob Myers stand pat, or trade Andrew Wiggins and/or Kelly Oubre Jr. for players that better complement Curry?
While Pierce believes the Warriors shouldn't make any major moves over the next 10 days, Perkins had a different thought process, largely because he thinks the front office needs to keep Curry happy so that he will sign a contract extension.
Here's part of their conversation from Monday's show:
Perkins: "With Steph not signing the extension, I think that they should be aggressive [ahead of the trade deadline], meaning going out there and maybe trading an Andrew Wiggins and getting back a [Houston Rockets wing] Victor Oladipo to show Steph that we are going to surround you with help and show Steph we are going to get better, not just for this year, but for next year so that he can sign his contract and you can lock Steph in. Because with Steph not signing his contract extension, yes I get it, he's going to get more money, but it's no guarantee. And we saw all the joy, we saw the laughter in the All-Star Game between him and LeBron James, chest-bumping and high-fiving. Hey look, I'm telling you right now, I don't put anything past anyone in the NBA."
Pierce: "Come on, Perk."
Perkins: "I'm just saying P, I don't put nothing past anything happening when it comes down to the NBA."
Pierce: "Steph to the Lakers?"
Pierce: "Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised. I wouldn't be surprised either."
Nichols: "Really? Come on, both of you. I don't see Steph Curry joining up with LeBron and the Lakers. That does not feel like a real fear to me."
Pierce: "I don't know. I don't know."
That's right. Perkins and Pierce truly believe Curry might leave the Warriors after the 2021-22 season and join forces with a then-37-year-old LeBron and a then-30-year-old Anthony Davis.
Forget the fact that the Lakers would have to do salary cap gymnastics to fit those three max contracts on the books, and that they'd be adding a 34-year-old Curry.
Curry is going to go down as the greatest Warrior in the history of the franchise, if he's not already considered it. He's going to have a statue in front of Chase Center someday, and his jersey will be hanging in the rafters of the arena. The franchise is where it's at largely because of who Curry is and what he has become on the court.
Anything can change, but based on his past comments, Curry has no intention of ever leaving the Warriors, and he certainly wouldn't go to a hated rival like the Lakers if he changed his mind and decided to leave.
Perk and The Truth can speculate and dream about Curry teaming up with LeBron all they want. It simply isn't happening.