Steph Curry was the two-time reigning NBA MVP when Kevin Durant showed up in the Bay Area to share Big Dog duties with Curry. The 3-point marksman with the velcro handle was hardly overshadowed by Durant, as Curry’s Finals performance proved. Curry put up staggering stats — averaging 26.8 points, 9.4 assists and 8 boards a game in the Finals — beside Durant’s impressive scoring deluge. Now the Warriors are going to have to put up a sum of money that will make even Curry’s numbers on the court look small.
Curry has been playing at a bargain price (in NBA terms, that’s $11 million a year) on his current $44 million extension, and never making a peep about it either, biding his time until free agency kicked in. And it’s here now. That makes Curry, winner of two of the last three MVPs and two of the last three NBA championships, eligible to make the league maximum. Because Curry has consistently proclaimed he’d like to stay — and because it’s lucrative in other business ways for him to stay in the Bay Area — Curry might be available for slightly less than the max. But it will be close. So what’s Curry lined up to make? He could sign a 5-year deal with the Warriors worth $210 million, according to an SI calculation. Others put the figure, which changes with the salary cap, at $205 million. Is that what Durant had in mind below?
— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) June 14, 2017