Hornets fans may be suffering through a miserable start to the season, but they can at least dream about adding an all-star, writes Diamond Leung of the Oakland Tribune. The Warriors‘ Stephen Curry, who grew up in North Carolina, said he sometimes entertains thoughts about returning to play for Charlotte. However, he cautioned, it’s probably only a fantasy. “It’s just a fun thought to have,” Curry said. “The Hornets name does mean a lot to my family, and obviously I’m starting a new thing with the Warriors. I definitely feel right at home here (with Golden State).” Curry is in the middle of a four-year, $44MM contract that runs through 2016/17.
There’s more from around the Western Conference:
- One player who iisn’t thinking about going anywhere is the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, who tells Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that he’s very happy where he is. “I love it here in New Orleans,” Davis said. “Great city. Great atmosphere. …We’re getting the fans back and New Orleans back buzzing for the Pelicans, a great organization. I love my team here.” That has to be comforting news for the Pelicans, as Davis, who has become one of the NBA’s top young players, is in the final year of his rookie contract, currently making $7MM. He will be eligible for a maximum extension next summer that could pay him about $90MM over five years.
- The Mavericks‘ Raymond Felton is trying to quell rumors from the New York media that Tyson Chandler was a distraction during his final season with the Knicks, writes Eddie Sefko of The Dallas News. “All that was said about him was just nonsense,” said Felton. “Tyson, by all means, I’ve never seen him be a problem in the locker room. He holds guys accountable and if you can’t accept that, then you’re not in it for the right reasons.” Felton and Chandler were traded from New York to Dallas in the offseason.
- Numbers are down for the Suns‘ Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, but Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders writes that they are accepting that as part of the three-guard rotation. “In the end,” Dragic said, “you have to sacrifice some minutes and some shots so the team can get better.”