STEPHEN Curry is bound to receive a massive pay raise when his contract is up at the end of the season, but the reigning back-to-back MVP isn’t even concerned that he’s the fourth-highest paid player in the Golden State Warriors roster and 79th in the entire NBA.
In a podcast with Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami, Curry shared that where his salary ranks among his team or compared to other players has never really bothered him, despite players who have achieved less have signed larger deals than his four-year, $44M rookie extension last 2012.
“I remember sitting in a hotel, at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, right before our opening night game against the Suns and sitting with Bob Myers and coach (Mark) Jackson and signing that 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,’” recalled Curry, who at the time was hampered by nagging injuries and far from the MVP form he’s been playing the past two years.
“But I literally told myself in that hotel room that day, knowing what the max was I think at the time was probably, 56 or 58, somewhere in there, I think Eric Gordon and guys like that were getting that money, I was, ‘You can’t think 20-20 hindsight, go back and worry about other guys are making.’ One thing my pops always told me is you never count another man’s money. 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 added.
Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant all earn more than Curry at present. But with the new CBA signed last month, Curry is set to get a max offer of about $210M for five years from the Warriors. Should he choose to leave Golden State, he can only receive a max offer of around $140M for four years. But the Warriors star pointed out that he sees no reason to bolt.
“I can’t [fathom leaving Golden State]. Like I’ve said from Day 1 when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization’s amazing, we’ve put together an amazing team that’s competing for championships every year,” he said.
“There’s really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere,” added Curry.