Unless you were a Los Angeles Lakers fan leaning into uncorroborated social media rumors, it felt inevitable for a while, and now it’s about to happen: Steph Curry is reportedly close to signing a four-year extension with the Golden State Warriors.
That’s according to NBA insider Marc Stein, formerly of the New York Times and currently at Substack, who tweeted Monday that the Dubs and Curry are reportedly approaching an agreement on a four-year, $215 million extension.
Curry is 33, which for many NBA players is when they tend to begin tailing off. But that’s hardly a concern for the Dubs’ superstar guard, who just finished third in last season’s MVP voting after averaging a league-leading 32 points per game. His shooting prowess alone means he’ll be, at bare minimum, a productive, All-Star-caliber player well into his 30s.
Curry’s five-year, $201 million contract will expire after this coming season. He was paid $34.6 million in the first year of that deal in 2017-18, and is due for $45.7 million in 2021-22. If Stein’s figures are correct, then Curry’s next contract will average out to $53.75 million per season beginning in 2022-23.
In the meantime, it remains to be seen how general manager Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob — the latter of whom seems to be increasingly involved in front-office decisions and reticent to trade their young players — will surround Curry with the pieces necessary to compete for another title. But if they have any tricks up their sleeves, we’ll know soon: NBA free agency kicks off Monday at 3 p.m