Warriors, Curry agree to $44M, 4-year deal
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND — While the stability of Stephen Curry’s right ankle remains uncertain, his financial footing with the Golden State Warriors has never been more secure.
Curry signed a $44 million, four-year contract extension before Wednesday night’s season opener at Phoenix that will keep the point guard with the Warriors through the 2016-17 season. It was the final day Golden State could sign Curry to an extension or he would become a restricted free agent next summer.
“I just thought the deal was too good to pass up right now,” Curry said before the Warriors’ season opener against the Suns. “Obviously I’ve been through a lot of injuries the last year and a half with my ankle, but it’s back strong and ready to go.”
Curry missed 40 of 66 games last season and sprained his twice-surgically repaired right ankle again in the preseason, sitting out the final two exhibitions at the request of second-year coach Mark Jackson. New Warriors general manager Bob Myers and owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber felt the point guard was still worth the risk given his production when healthy.
“This is an exciting day for the Warriors and our fans and it certainly exemplifies the commitment of Joe Lacob and Peter Guber,” Myers said in a statement. “We’re extremely pleased that we have reached an agreement that will enable Stephen to remain a vital part of our team long term. His contributions over the last three years, both on the floor and in the community, have been invaluable to our organization. We certainly expect him to be an integral part of our future success as he continues to evolve as a player in all facets of the game.”
The 24-year-old Curry averaged career lows of 14.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season. He has still proven to be one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers when he’s on the court, shooting 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range in his first three seasons.
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