And just like that, the deal was done. Every report from every media outlet was saying the same thing until an hour ago, which was some version of the following:Curry and the Warriors have until the 9:00pm deadline on October 31 to agree to an extension. Otherwise Curry will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. We don’t know if it’ll happen or not, but it’s risky either way.
And now that Curry has signed a four year, $44 million dollar deal with the Warriors, the story’s basically the same: The Warriors got Curry at a slight discount, unless he can’t stay healthy, in which case, the agreement is a disaster. We don’t know what’ll happen, but it’s risky either way.
I’m not trying to be dismissive of the press. The situation really can’t be analyzed any other way. Obviously, the Warriors decided it was worth risking the fact that Curry may not be able to stay healthy if it meant they could keep him for a slight (and I do mean slight) discount.
Ty Lawson got $48 million and Eric Gordon got a max deal. So in that sense, the Warriors got Curry for a bargain. But only if he stays healthy. The Hornets, who now don’t know when Eric Gordon will be able to play, are probably a little regretful about their decision to max him out. And Lawson is a solid player who could improve, but his ceiling isn’t higher than Curry’s.
It’s a crapshoot, really.
Strictly speaking from a fan’s perspective this is a good thing…because it’s not my money. Curry’s likable and a very good player when he’s on the floor. It’s totally possible that he puts together a handful of All-Star seasons in the near future. The only concern if the deal goes wrong is that the locked up money will prevent the Warriors from pursuing other free agents and keeping their own in the future.
In the end, things feel much more stable heading into opening night in Phoenix. Let’s hope Curry’s ankle feels the same.