Golden State Warriors legend Steph Curry has signed a monumental contract extension which will run through the 2025-26 season, making Curry 38 years old when the contract expires. What is significant about this deal is the insane, although understandable for a franchise player like Curry, amount of money involved.
The two-time MVP signed a four-year, $215 million contract extension with the Warriors on Tuesday. Since this is a contract extension and not a brand new deal, he will still be given the remaining $45.8 million on his 2021-22 contract. This guarantees that the legend will receive $261 million over the next five seasons.
What makes this announcement groundbreaking is that he is the first player ever to sign two $200 million-plus deals. His agent Jeff Austin made sure to highlight this when speaking of the contract with ESPN. The company Austin works for, Octagon Basketball, is the same agency who drew up Giannis Antetokounmpo’s $228 million, 5 year contract.
Curry now holds the largest annual average salary at $54 million a year. This will ensure that Curry will play the remainder of his prime with the Warriors, even possibly the rest of his career, and shows that the organization will be real contenders for their fourth NBA title.
Curry is worth it
Curry has taken the Warriors to seven playoff appearances and earned them three NBA Championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The 33-year old is still performing incredibly for his team and has not shown any indication of slowing down.
Last season the 6’3”, 185 lb guard started in 63 of the Warriors games, putting up a career high of 32 points per game. This was his come-back season after suffering an injury in 2019 and missing 58 consecutive games with the Warriors. Curry was only able to play in five games in the 2019 season after his return to play was cut short due to the pandemic.
In his entire career with the Warriors, Curry has played in 762 games and started in 756 of those contests. His all-time free throw percentage sits at a .907, he averages 6.5 assists per game along with putting up an average of 24.2 points per game.
Curry has earned many accolades in his tenure with the Warriors. To go along with being a two-time MVP, he is a 2x scoring champion, has earned All-NBA seven times and is a seven-time All Star.
It’s safe to say the Warriors 7th overall 2009 draft pick was a smart selection.
The Warriors future with Curry
The Warriors have Klay Thompson back, who is returning after suffering two injuries in back to back seasons. Thompson tore his Achilles tendon in November 2020, sidelining him for a second season after previously missing the 2019-20 season with a torn ACL. The five-time NBA All Star will have to adjust his playing style, but he will still be an asset to the Warriors.
Golden State is still home to Draymond Green as well, who is currently competing in Tokyo with Team USA. With these two plus Curry, the Warriors are in good shape for the upcoming season. However, all three of these stars are in their 30s and the end of their prime is unfortunately on the horizon.
During this off-season, the team addressed this concern by adding Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in what seemed to be an investment for the future. However, Curry sees potential in including them in play early to start grooming the young players.
Even though these new additions will likely not see much, if any, playing time in this year’s Warriors quest for a championship, the veteran trio with Curry on board for the long run have enough experience and point-making power to get the job done. Even if they don’t win another championship, with plenty of other contenders including the Heat who just signed Kyle Lowry, they should be able to make a playoff appearance with Curry still on board.