Joe Lacob opened up his checkbook like no owner in NBA sports history has ever before.
The champion Warriors confirmed that in an email to The Associated Press on Friday night. He was doing this all on a very team-friendly deal. Reports suggest that Curry's deal doesn't have a no-trade clause and doesn't have a player option for the fifth year - somewhere, Phil Jackson is crying salty tears.
In football, the dollars for specific players are lower for several key reasons. His 54.7 percent shooting from the field was a career best.
Clearly, this makes the 29-year-old b-baller the richest player in the NBA.
The Nets and their loads of cap space might be willing to do a long-term deal. Jrue Holiday got $126 million in a five-year deal with New Orleans, with incentives possibly pushing that one to $150 million. West, who will turn 37 next month, will reportedly earn the veteran's minimum of $2.3 million. The mammoth payday dwarfs Curry's last contract, worth $44m over four years, which he signed while being plagued by ankle injuries. He won the 2015 MVP and championship, 73 games and a second MVP in 2016, and another championship in 2017.
Chris Paul bolted from Los Angeles recently, pushing through a trade to leave the Clippers in-favour of joining James Harden at the Houston Rockets, but it seems Blake Griffin is staying put. He was extremely underpaid.
Utah getting Rubio essentially means George Hill's time with the Jazz is over. Other possible free agents, they may try to resign are Ian Clark, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee, and the one and only Zaza Pachulia.
Not that it's all flowing to the players.
Moreover, Curry has pushed the league into a shift of styles. All-NBA First Team the two years prior. It's forcing teams to try to keep up with him.
He averaged 25.3 points per game this regular season and has led the league in three-point field goals for five straight seasons. And they extend the title window for at least multiple seasons to come. It became a huge steal for the Warriors - Curry's modest salary allowed the team to make moves by bringing in solid veteran pieces.