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NBA Rumors: Golden State Warriors Wary of Andrew Bogut Extension? MVP Stephen Curry Demands Higher Pay

( [email protected] ) Apr 04, 2016 02:55 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors are in the running to make NBA history as they attempt to beat the record set by the Chicago Bulls during the reign of Michael Jordan. Aside from the team itself, the players in the roster are also making headlines with Stephen Curry taking the lead followed by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. With the seemingly unstoppable force of the Golden State Warriors, NBA analysts and critics are baffled at how the other basketball teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs plan to beat the Harrison Barnes group. Given their current standing in the entire NBA community, can fans expect the Golden State Warriors to keep its lineup in the years to come?
The Golden State Warriors weigh the advantages of extending Andrew Bogut's contract in light of the impending free agency. Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

The Golden State Warriors are in the running to make NBA history as they attempt to beat the record set by the Chicago Bulls during the reign of Michael Jordan. Aside from the team itself, the players on the roster are also making headlines with Stephen Curry taking the lead followed by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. With the seemingly unstoppable force of the Golden State Warriors, NBA analysts and critics are baffled at how the other basketball teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs plan to beat the Harrison Barnes group. Given their current standing in the entire NBA community, can fans expect the Golden State Warriors to keep its lineup in the years to come?

This question will be answered in the form of Andrew Bogut's contract soon. With the free agency market brimming to the seams with potential NBA leaders, the Golden State Warriors will have to decide whether or not to extend the contract of the seven-footer. For his part, Bogut has to make a decision on his future with the NBA team. That is, will he pursue other options in the market or immediately sign with the Golden State Warriors if they offer?

"No feel at all," Bogut said of his future with the Golden State Warriors. He added, "Haven't discussed it. Who knows. This league's a funny league. Like I said if those moves that are rumored happen there'll be a few of us that are gone. The way we can probably nip that in the bud is win another championship and they're forced to bring us back. They're stuck with us for longer."

Bogut also noted that his contract might be in the line if the Golden State Warriors decide to pursue other more expensive and talented players. To be more specific, the center hinted at the possibility that his team will target a massive deal with Kevin Durant. As previously reported in the Gospel Herald, the Golden State Warriors are rumored to be interested in signing the Oklahoma City Thunder star. The team finds competition in the Durant free agency market in the form of the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.

"[W]e'll see what happens. We all hear the rumors of other guys coming through here, so if that kind of stuff happens they'll be some shedding of some contracts so who knows what can happen," said Bogut. He continued to say, "But you'd be silly to try and leave what's going on right now.... We'll have a few of us that will have opportunities. Obviously I'm contracted for next year, but at the same time if he they offer me an extension I'll definitely listen."

Meanwhile, another possible roadblock for an extension with Bogut is Stephen Curry himself. The NBA MVP, who is currently the most widely known star in the Golden State Warriors roster, ranks 65th among the players in the league in terms of salary. In fact, Curry earns even less than half of how much LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are earning. Hence, the NBA MVP is reportedly planning to ask for a higher pay from the Golden State Warriors. Given his stellar performance and influence in the hardwood court, it is expected that a number of teams would be highly interested in signing him if the Klay Thompson team refuses his conditions. 

Tags : NBA rumors, Golden State Warriors, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry