Over the past few years, Stephen Curry has ascended to a rare kind of superstardom that only a few basketball greats enjoy every generation.
As the leader of the Golden State Warriors, the 28-year-old has won back-to-back MVP titles and became the first ever unanimous winner of the award last season.
However, when Curry signed his most recent contract with the Dubs back in 2012, it wasn't for the mega-money the likes of Mike Conley are enjoying today.
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The Warriors No. 30 signed a four-year, $44m deal to stay in Oakland after three decent, but unspectacular years at the Oracle Arena.
Now, of course, his value is right up there with LeBron James, who recently signed a three-year deal worth just under $100 million, the last year of which the King would rake in $35,607,968.
Curry recently spoke to ESPN's Darren Rovell about a multitude of different things, but one thing he was quick to clear up was the pecking order in pay with the Warriors.
“I told myself, when I made the decision to sign for what I did back in the day, that I’m blessed to take care of my family for what it was,” Curry said. “And there would probably be a situation, if I played the way I was supposed to coming off that contract, that I could be underpaid or whatever. But at the end of the day, it would all come around and we won the championship and good things happened.”
In truth, Curry's low contract is what helped secure Kevin Durant this summer. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have both re-signed in the years that have passed since Curry's last renewal, but the three-time All-Star point guard will hit free agency next summer.
The Warriors front office will have to do some clever reshuffling if they intend to keep their 'super team' intact beyond next year, because Curry is going to get seriously paid.