Curry inks $200m deal with War­riors

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Golden State War­riors su­per­star Stephen Curry has clinched a new five-year deal worth $201 mil­lion, the rich­est con­tract in NBA his­tory, ESPN re­ported on Fri­day. Curry, who re­cently helped the War­riors to their se­cond NBA Fi­nals crown in three years, is the first player to break the $200 mil­lion bar­rier, ESPN said, cit­ing the player’s agent Jeff Austin. News of the agree­ment wipes away any un­cer­tainty con­cern­ing the fu­ture of Curry, who had been on a fouryear con­tract worth a rel­a­tively mod­est $44 mil­lion un­til his new deal.

De­spite be­ing one of the league’s high­est pro­file stars, Curry had lan­guished way down the peck­ing or­der of the NBA’s best-paid play­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the bas­ket­ball-ref­er­ence.com web­site, Curry had been the 82nd best-paid player in the league, earn­ing just over $12.1 mil­lion last sea­son. That fig­ure is dwarfed by the league’s high­est-earner, LeBron James, who stands to earn $33.3 mil­lion next sea­son and $35.6 mil­lion in 2018-2019. Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of the world’s best paid ath­letes re­leased ear­lier this month by Forbes, Curry had earned an ad­di­tional $35 mil­lion in en­dorse­ments to go along­side his $12 mil­lion salary. How­ever, his new deal would make him the world’s fourth high­est paid ath­lete-in terms of an­nual salary and win­nings-plac­ing him be­hind Real Madrid star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo ($58 mil­lion), Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ($53 mil­lion) and the NFL’s An­drew Luck ($47 mil­lion) on Forbes’ 2017 list.

‘NEVER COUNT AN­OTHER MAN’S MONEY’

Curry’s ex­ist­ing con­tract had been agreed when there were still doubts about his long-term fit­ness, with the player thought to have is­sues con­cern­ing the dura­bil­ity of his an­kles.

How­ever, those doubts have been oblit­er­ated dur­ing a series of daz­zling sea­sons for the War­riors that have helped him be­come a four-time All-Star. He was named NBA Most Valu­able Player dur­ing the War­riors’ cham­pi­onship win­ning run in 2014-2015 and the fol­low­ing sea­son be­came the first player in his­tory to win the award in a unan­i­mous vote. He av­er­aged 25.3 points per game this reg­u­lar sea­son and has led the league in three-point field goals for five straight sea­sons. That re­mark­able run of scor­ing in­cluded 402 three-pointers in 20152016 — a sin­gle-sea­son record. No other player had passed 300 threes in a sea­son be­fore Curry.

In an interview ear­lier this year, Curry had shrugged off his dis­par­ity in earn­ings with the NBA’s best-paid play­ers.

“One thing my pops al­ways told me is you never count an­other man’s money,” Curry told The San Jose Mer­cury News.

“It’s what you’ve got and how you take care of it. And if I’m com­plain­ing about $44 mil­lion over four years, then I’ve got other is­sues in my life,” he said, re­fer­ring to his cur­rent deal.

Curry also re­vealed he had been aware he was way down the list of NBA high-earn­ers when he signed the deal in 2012, but was happy sim­ply to have the se­cu­rity of a long-term con­tract. “My per­spec­tive was, ‘Man, I’ll be able to take care of my fam­ily with this. Blessed to be able to know I’ll be play­ing at least in the NBA for four years and see where it goes from there,” he said. — AFP

— AP

SALT LAKE CITY: In this May 8, 2017 file photo, Golden State War­riors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives as Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) de­fends in the first half dur­ing Game 4.

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