ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports various NBA Executives are questioning Stephen Curry and his massive $215 Million contract extension
Ever since Stephen Curry hit a basketball floor, he has always been doubted. Steph did not receive many college offers. However, he made the best of his time at Davidson and had a breakout junior year. This resulted in him getting attention from NBA scouts, which led him to enroll in the 2009 Draft. Curry had a sensational rookie season, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year race.
Since then, Stephen Curry has won 3x NBA Championships, has 2x Scoring titles, is a 2x MVP. He is also the only unanimous MVP in NBA History. Curry has numerous NBA records to his name and single-handedly changed how distance shooting was approached in the league. Recently, Curry also became the first player ever in NBA History to bag multiple $200 Million+ contracts.
Breakdown of the Steph Curry extension:
2022-23: $48.0 million
2023-24: $51.9 million
2024-25: $55.7 million
2025-26: $59.6 million
Rules of the CBA allow the first year salary to be 105% off the prior years salary even if it exceeds the maximum allowed ($41.6M).
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 3, 2021
However, despite all this, there are still people who doubt the Warriors’ superstar and his abilities.
Zach Lowe reports multiple NBA executives questioned Stephen Curry’s contract
There were a lot of rumors emerging when Stephen Curry declined a contract extension offered by the Warriors the previous offseason. However, GM Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob weren’t worried at all. They could only offer Curry a 3-year extension last season, and that was an issue. Now, Curry is locked in with the Warriors till the end of the 2026 season.
While it was a no-brainer for the Warriors, other NBA Executives do not see the same logic. Stephen Curry would be 37 years old in the final year of his deal and would be earning around $59 million. Zach Lowe discussed the same in his article, and wrote,
“Multiple rival executives asked me if Curry’s new mega-extension could become a liability on the back end.”
His personal opinions on the same:
Hogwash. Who even cares? Everything that has happened to the Warriors — the titles, the quadrupling (at least) in team valuation, the new arena, record-breaking revenues — all starts with Curry. None of it happens without him. Pay him everything.
Lowe isn’t wrong. Everything that happened with the Warriors and their dynasty started with Stephen Curry. It would be foolish on the Warriors’ part to not keep their faith in the superstar to keep showing up and performing the way he has.