Having already made his mark in NBA history with play stats, Steph Curry is now preparing to set another kind of gamechanging precedent thanks to his forthcoming contract extension.
With just a year remaining on his current contract worth US$45.8 million (AU$59.4 million), not only is the Golden State Warriors’ most prolific star earning the highest salary in the NBA… he’s also eligible to sign a 4-year extension in the coming offseason valued at US$215 million (AU$278.7 million).
Given how Steph Curry signed another 5-year extension valued at US$201 million (AU$260 million) in 2017 – the first NBA player to ever do so, in fact – effectively, he’s on track to become the first player to sign consecutive contracts of this scale.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” says Bob Myers, General Manager of GSW.
“He seems like he’s motivated. We’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done.”
According to ESPN journalist Bobby Marks, here’s a breakdown of what the Baby-Faced Assassin could take home season by season if everything goes to plan:
**All $$$ in USD
- $48.1 million in 2022-23
- $51.9 million in 2023-24
- $55.8 million in 2024-25
- $59.6 million in 2025-26
It’s interesting to note how far Steph Curry has progressed in bargaining power since his second NBA contract. In 2012, the Golden State Warriors were only willing to offer him US$44 million (AU$57 million) for a 4-year extension due to lingering ankle injuries. Regardless, it was viewed by many as one of the league’s greatest steals of all time. And when you consider what he’s done for the franchise, we’re certainly inclined to agree.
The value of Steph Curry on any given team is undeniable, leading in scoring yet again this past season with an average of 32.0 points per game, shooting 48.2% from the field, 42.1% from 3-point range, and 91.6% from the free throw line. Whether ink actually touches paper on a contract extension exceeding US$200 million, however, remains to be seen.