It appeared earlier this week that guard Seth Curry was a lock to be signed by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry performed with brilliant play on the Pelicans’ summer league team and sources say serious negotiations between the Pelicans and Curry’s agent were going well last week.
However, the Pelicans got an unwanted surprise on Tuesday. The Sacramento Kings swooped in and got Curry to agree to a 2-year, $2 million contract that is guaranteed and includes a player option for the second year.
Curry led the NBA Summer League with a 24.3 average and showed ability to not only score but also handle the ball in Alvin Gentry’s up-tempo offense.
”I haven’t really got an opportunity to actually get on an NBA floor and show I can produce at that level,” Curry said last week in Las Vegas. ”I’ve played well in summer league before, in D-League and things of that nature. But when I’ve got called up (in the NBA), I haven’t had a chance much to get on the floor and stick. Hopefully, I’ll get that opportunity soon.”
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, despite playing three productive seasons at Duke, Curry has been waived by four different NBA teams, the latest came this past March when the Phoenix Suns released him after his 10-day contract expired.
Last year, Curry was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers after a 10-day contract ended, and by Orlando Magic during training camp.
Perhaps without question, Curry improved his value leading the Pelicans to a 5-1 record and first-time semifinal berth in the NBA Summer League before losing 93-87 to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Curry didn’t score less than 20 points in either of the six games. In the Pelicans’ opening game, Curry put on a shooting clinic before finishing with 30 points.
”He’s an NBA player. Really, the first thing is to get these guys an opportunity to showcase what they have,” Pelicans assistant Darren Erman said. ”So they have opportunities to get to the NBA. It’s really about them showing their talents. They just got to prove they can do it.”
After news leaked that Curry was close to finalizing his deal with the Kings, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, his older brother, took to social media.
On 22nd July 2015 Stephan Curry Tweeted:
“Let’s goooooo! He’s been patient and worked so hard to get here. @sdotcurry got his Foot in the door now it’s time to go! Love you bro!”
During an interview on NBA-TV this past Saturday, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said they were close to extending guard Curry a contract last season, but it didn’t happen.
”I think he is an NBA player, no doubt about it,” Demps said Saturday. ”The important thing for us is getting the right player that fits our roster. He definitely has the skill set, he can score the ball, not only shoot 3s.”
But the Pelicans could not guarantee Curry extended minutes like he is likely going to get with the Kings. New Orleans is stacked at the guard spots with Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday.