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Steph Curry just signed the richest contract in NBA history.

Five years, $201,158,790 for an average of $40,231,758 annually.

But it didn't have to go do down like that.

“I actually asked Bob (Myers) if I were to take a discount -- at any number, I don't know what it would be -- how much of a difference would that make for us to be able to sign other guys," Curry recently told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. "It wasn't like (Kevin Durant's) situation."

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Durant could have demanded a max contract that would have paid him just under $34.7 million in 2017-18.

Durant could have demanded a contract that would have paid him just over $31.8 million next season -- a 20 percent raise (non-Bird rights) from the $26,540,100 he made last season.

Instead, he agreed to a $25 million salary for next year.

Durant's discount "had a direct impact on us being able to sign Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston)," Curry acknowledged. "And it was just an unbelievable sacrifice by KD. But mine didn't matter.”

Curry was eligible for the $201 million deal because of a new rule in the CBA -- the Designated Veteran Contract.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller