Steph Curry never was going to leave the Warriors. There was never going to be a heated negotiation between him and president Bob Myers about a max contract extension. The historic four-year, $215 million extension Curry signed Tuesday always was going to have his name on it, making him the first NBA player in history to signed two contracts worth over $200 million.
Curry had a humble but expected reaction to the historic extension that never was in doubt.
“It’s dope to think about what has all transpired in the last 12 years,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson in an exclusive interview, “where we currently are and what we’re trying to do with this championship window that we have. Thinking about being in the Bay for another five years, taking me to 38, it checks all the boxes in terms of what I’m trying to do with my career.”
At 33, Curry is coming off a legendary season in which he proved he still has a number of years left at the highest level and remains one of the best players in the game.
With Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green's championship window starting to close, the Warriors are trying to round out their roster with proven veterans who can play meaningful roles in a title hunt next season. They signed Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica but lost out on Patty Mills and Nicolas Batum. An Andre Iguodala reunion still could be in the works.
The Warriors didn't trade either of their lottery picks, opting instead to draft for the future by selecting Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. Curry has been apprised of the Warriors' plan at every step and wouldn't have agreed to stay in the Bay past his 38th birthday if he didn't feel the organization was trying to win now.
“The draft picks — love ’em,” Curry told Thompson. “There’s a lot of potential in terms of trying to implement them early and continue to develop them.
“Yeah, the effort is there. Just being around the conversations that some people are privy to and most people are not — we want to win. And if anybody was not with that, then we’ve got issues. And I don’t think I’d have signed up for five years of that. So that’s the vibe.”