Last year Seth Curry was a summer-league superstar, looking for an NBA team to give him a chance.
The Kings became that team, signing Curry to a two-year deal with a player option in the second season. For most of the season, it appeared Curry would opt to stay with the Kings for financial security since he hadn’t played much, rather than enter free agency as a relative unknown.
Lately, Curry has played a lot and has shown potential for a larger role than just as a spot reserve. In his last 10 games entering Wednesday, Curry averaged 15.7 points on 51.9 percent shooting. Since the All-Star break, Curry is averaging 11.2 points on 50 percent shooting in 18 games.
If Curry were to opt out of his deal, the Kings could make him a restricted free agent by giving him a qualifying offer. Then the Kings could negotiate a deal or match any offer made to him as he approaches his third NBA season.
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“I’ll think about it after this last game and going into the summer,” Curry said of his contract option. “As of right now I’m just trying to continue to play well and set myself for good stuff in the future.”
Curry plays with the kind of smarts and savvy the Kings have lacked. He at least figures be a solid player off the bench and a playmaker on offense. Curry posted a career-high 15 assists along with 20 points in a win at Phoenix on Monday.
Curry is owed about $1 million if he does not opt out of his deal. It will be up to him whether to see if a team is willing to make him a lucrative offer.
“We’ll find out after this last game,” Curry said. “But I think I’ve played pretty well and showed some different things in my game that will set me up for the future to show I can be a good player in this league for a long time.”
Everyone get ready – The Kings had only eight players available for Wednesday night’s game at Houston after having 10 Monday night.
Rudy Gay and Caron Butler joined the list of players the Kings are resting.
Undrafted rookie Duje Dukan made his NBA debut. The rookie from Wisconsin has been bothered by a knee injury this season and all his playing time has come with the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League.