In the summer of 2017, Stephen Curry signed a five-year, $201 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, becoming the first player in NBA history to sign a $200 million deal. It was a no-brainer move since the sharpshooter was the best point guard in the league at the time of the contract.
Since signing that massive deal, Curry has won one championship, one scoring title, and played in three All-Star games. However, he’s also lost one Finals and missed the playoffs twice. After failing to guide the Warriors to the postseason in 2020-21, Curry was mentioned in some rumors about him possibly leaving the franchise for greener pastures.
However, the two-time MVP is on track to receive an enormous $215 million gift from the Warriors that all but confirms he will retire with the franchise.
Stephen Curry will reportedly agree to $215 million extension with Warriors
According to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein, Curry will soon be agreeing to a four-year, $215 million extension with the Warriors. The three-time champion is set to make $45.8 million in 2021-22, the final year of his current contract.
In December 2020, Curry said he wants to retire with the Warriors and sounded optimistic about getting an extension done.
“Everything’s on the table right now,” Curry said in 2020. “Everything I’ve talked about about being a Warrior and what the future holds. Obviously [I’m] fully committed on what that is. And understanding I’ve got to do what’s right for me and the team and having those conversations. I feel blessed to be in that position where I can say that and truly believe that, so it’s a matter of just letting things play out the way they should and that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”
Curry put up phenomenal numbers in 2020-21 and finished third in MVP voting. However, his stellar play wasn’t enough to lead the Warriors to the postseason.
Stephen Curry came up one win short of making playoffs
Curry appeared in 63 games for the Warriors in 2020-21. He averaged 32.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists while shooting 48.2% from the field, 42.1% from beyond the arc, and 91.6% from the free-throw line.
The Warriors won only 39 games despite Curry’s magical play. All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson missed his second consecutive season due to an Achilles tear, and that was too much of a setback for Curry to overcome as Golden State lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in tournament.
Curry fans are certainly wondering if their favorite player will have a chance to win another championship. While there are reasons to be optimistic since Thompson will be back in 2021-22, the Warriors may not get back to the Finals in the Curry era unless a blockbuster trade occurs.
Warriors may not win another championship with Steph unless they acquire another star
Thompson is one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He has career averages of 19.5 points while shooting 41.9% from beyond the arc. However, he is coming back from two serious injuries, so it’s not a guarantee he’ll play at an All-Star level again, especially since he’s missed two years of basketball.
With that said, for the Warriors to win another title in the Curry era, they need to acquire another star, preferably Bradley Beal since he’s an elite three-level scorer. Although the Washington Wizards traded Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, several reports have stated that Beal still wants to stay in the nation’s capital, which makes no sense since the Wizards are light years away from being championship contenders.
In a perfect world, the Warriors would call Washington and offer Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, and future draft picks for Beal. It’s not for sure that the Wizards would accept the offer since Beal hasn’t requested a trade, and his value could be higher than what Golden State could offer. However, at least the Dubs would be showing Curry that they are motivated to build a better roster around him and give him whatever he needs to win another ring.
All signs point toward Curry becoming the first player ever to sign two separate $200 million contracts. It’s certainly a great achievement for the Davidson product, but knowing Steph, he wants to win again after missing the playoffs two years in a row.