The Warriors and point guard Stephen Curry have agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, according to a team source. Curry is expected to sign the $11 million-per-year contract on Wednesday before the Warriors play Phoenix in the season opener.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. was the deadline for the Warriors to extend Curry’s rookie contract. Curry had said he wanted the situation settled before to avoid distracting him from the season opener.
The source said Curry is excited about the contract because it gives him the three things he wanted: to stay with the Warriors, security, and a “reasonable” salary. His deal doesn’t include any bonuses or incentives. Curry has said all along he wanted to stay with the Warriors. In exchange Golden State got Curry, who has been hampered with ankle issues the last two seasons, at a discount price. (Tuesday, Denver’s Ty Lawson signed for four years, $48 million. Without the ankle issues, Curry likely would have gotten at least that amount).
There was uncertainty over whether the Warriors and Curry would reach a deal considering his ankle issues. He missed 40 games last season due to ankle sprains. After surgery in April, he worked his way back onto the court, then sprained his ankle again on Friday.
However, members of Warriors management said they weren’t concerned over the latest sprain. And they were impressed with Curry’s play since training camp began.