Steph Curry recently signed a 4-year, $215 million extension to stay with the Golden State Warriors, as he became the only player in NBA history to ink two contracts worth $200+ million.
Not only is he the first player to sign two contracts worth $200+ million, but he also became the first unanimous MVP in league history.
Many people thought that Curry could hold off on signing an extension since the Warriors have missed out on the playoffs for the last couple of seasons, but Curry seems comfortable with staying in The Bay for the next few seasons.
That comfort level is also probably there because Curry has already won three championships during his time in Northern California, and he’s seen so much individual success out there that includes two MVP Awards and helping lead his team to a 73-9 record, which is the best regular-season record of all-time.
Curry also set the record for most 3-pointers made in a single season with 402 in the 2015-16 season. Curry first set the record for most 3-point makes in a season with 272 in the 2012-13 season, surpassing Ray Allen’s 269 set in the 2005-06 season.
Golden State has been without Klay Thompson over the last two seasons, as he’s dealt with both a torn ACL and Achilles injury in back-to-back years. Because of Thompson’s absence, the Warriors’ performance has taken a significant hit on the court.
With Curry signing this extension, it gives the Warriors that much more confidence to build a contender in the immediate future rather than being on pins and needles trying to persuade Curry to stay and potentially making panic moves in the process.
Big names always become available in the NBA. That’s just the nature of the business. Luckily for the Warriors, they have James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody as young assets that can entice opposing teams and can always offer first round picks to sweeten the deal.
Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal and Karl-Anthony Towns have all been listed as possibilities for the Warriors to go after to add a third star next to the “Splash Brothers.” If those three stars become seriously available at some point, then the Warriors should have better assets to offer than most teams.
In an era where loyalty isn’t as common as it once was, it’s cool to see Curry stick with the only franchise he’s ever known, but it’s a two-way street. The organization has to be good to their players and build a winning culture on and off the court in order to entice players to want to play for you.
We’ve seen how teams act within the confines of business. The Boston Celtics traded Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Isaiah Thomas, which were all great business moves, but not necessarily in good faith with the players.
Still, Curry can share the same pride that Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki have all had, and that is building a legacy with one team while winning at least one championship and MVP.