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Report: Warriors refused Stephen Curry's no-trade clause request in new deal

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When Stephen Curry entered free agency in the summer, it was almost inevitable that he would re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.

After winning his second championship in three years with the franchise last season, there was no doubt that he would commit his future to the Bay Area.

The Warriors offered him the designated player max contract of five-years, $201 million, and he put pen to paper without any hesitation.

But despite the huge offer, the Dubs were not willing to meet all of Curry's demands.

According to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic Bay Area, the two-time MVP wanted all the perks of a superstar contract, including a no-trade clause, and a fifth-year player option.

But the defending champions declined to include this in the deal.

This doesn't signal any disagreement or bad blood between the point guard and the organisation, however. It's simply about control over the end of the deal.

It's impossible to see the team trading the face of the franchise and arguably its best player, but five years is a long time in basketball and many things can happen.

By the end of his contract, Steph will be 34 and will slowly be coming towards the end of his career.

The four-time All-Star wanted a player option so he could become a free agent in 2021 and potentially land one more max contract that would see him to the end of his playing days.

But the Warriors were not budging and got their way in the negotiations as they wanted control over the superstar's future for as long as possible and to see him remain in Oakland.

The 29-year-old will be making $45.8 million in that final season with the champs, so it's easy to see why he was ready to forego his demands and accept the offer on the table.

This is how negotiations work, with both parties looking to get their way and eventually settling on an outcome that makes them both happy.

Ultimately, Curry will be with the team in his prime and continue to be part of the most talented squad in the league that is poised to win more championships in the coming years.

They may have made a rocky start to the campaign but they were at their devastating best when they once again crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 141-113 in their last outing where their three-point marksman dropped 31 points.

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Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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