Report: Warriors extend Stephen Curry for four years, $44 million
The Warriors wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay. Stephen Curry has signed a four-year, $44 million extension, according to the Oakland Tribune.
Curry also confirmed the extension on Twitter:
#Dubs Gameday baby. And thanks to Joe Lacob & the Warriors hopefully I can say that for the next 4 yrs. agreed on extension— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 31, 2012
At first glance, the number for Curry looks incredibly reasonable. Just $44 million for a player of Curry's talent seems like a steal, but you have to weigh in his ankle injury issue, which is likely what kept Golden State from going much higher.
That's also what probably kept Curry from risking this season and playing it out for restricted free agency to raise his value.
Curry, 24, is clearly a promising offensive talent who can shoot and distribute beautifully. He's a career 44-percent 3-point shooter, has averaged 17.5 points per game and close to six assists a game during his three seasons.
But he played in only 26 games last season and 74 the year before. He only played a little more than 90 minutes in the preseason because he tweaked an ankle. His health is a big concern.
Again, what brought his value down is the simple fact that he's a health risk. If Curry can stay healthy, the Warriors have a great deal. Don't forget: Eric Gordon still got a max deal last summer after missing essentially the entire season with an injury.
It's perfect common ground for both sides considering the circumstances. Curry gets financial security, and the Warriors get a great player at a terrific price. Now, it's just about those ankles.
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