NBA insider Marc Stein reported Monday that Stephen Curry will soon sign a four-year, $215 million supermax agreement with the Golden State Warriors.
Curry’s five-year, $201 million contract has one season left on it. The contract extension will keep him with the Warriors until the 2025-26 season.
The NBA’s special supermax deals are salary cap exemptions that allow great senior players to negotiate extensions with the teams who drafted them, allowing them to sign even more costly contracts than they could as free agents signing with a new team.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers told reporters in May.
“He seems like he’s motivated — we’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done,” added Myers.
Curry won his second career scoring title in 2021-22, averaging 32.0 points per game.
Since being picked seventh overall in 2009, the seven-time All-Star guard and three-time NBA champion has 2,832 3-point field goals to his credit, with career averages of 24.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in 762 games (756 starts).
Curry’s brilliance basically single-handedly maintained a shorthanded Warriors club in the playoff race with Klay Thompson once again out. They finished eighth in the Western Conference with a 39-33 record, earning a spot in the play-in tournament. They came close to beating the Los Angeles Lakers there, but ultimately fell short against the Memphis Grizzlies at home.
Curry put up 39 points, four rebounds, five assists, and three steals in their season-ending OT loss, so it wasn’t for lack of effort. They outscored the Grizzlies by four points in the 47 minutes he was on the floor, but they were outscored by nine points in the eight minutes he sat.
Curry is still one of the best players in the world, as that game and the entire season demonstrated, but he needs some support. Thompson’s return will be a significant help, but the Warriors will need to add some more players, whether through trade or free agency. They’ll almost certainly be in the mix with Curry locked up for the rest of his peak.