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Lawson will be a Nugget for the foreseeable future.
It's a good time to be a young, up-and-coming point guard in the NBA, especially if you play your home games west of the Mississippi.
Both Denver's Ty Lawson and Golden State's Stephen Curry signed four-year extensions with their respective clubs, each beating the league mandated deadline of midnight Eastern time on Thursday.
Curry, who signed his deal prior to the Warriors' season opener with the Suns on Wednesday night, will make $44 million over the next four years, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Spears points out that the Warriors attempted to back load Curry's deal given concerns about his fragile ankles, at first offering $8.5 million in the first year of the contract and $10 million in the fourth.
But when Lawson's deal went down on Tuesday, the team moved aggressively to keep Curry in the fold. Had the deal not been reached by Thursday night's deadline, Curry would have become a restricted free agent come season's end.
As for Lawson, his deal was slightly larger than Curry's, according to NBA.com. Lawson, who set career highs in points, assists, rebounds and steals in his first full season as a starter last year, will make $48 million over his next four years in Denver.
Both deals come with some risk attached, particularly Curry's given his injury issues. But both also signal a willingness on the parts of each organization to place a large chunk of their respective futures in the hands of a couple of wildly talented former first-rounders.