Report: Warriors Owner Considered Not Giving Stephen Curry a Max Contract

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2017

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in action during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob considered offering superstar guard Stephen Curry a contract extension below max level before being convinced otherwise by general manager Bob Myers.

On Thursday, Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reported Myers "kept Lacob from bringing a reduced offer to the negotiating table" and "reassured" the two-time NBA MVP of the organization's commitment.

In July, Curry signed a five-year, $201 million "supermax" extension with the Warriors, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. It was the richest contract in league history until Russell Westbrook signed his new $205 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 29-year-old Davidson product told Janie McCauley of the Associated Press he wanted to keep the Dubs' star-studded group together while still maximizing his own earning potential.

"It would mean everything," Curry said. "What we've built here is truly special. It's unique, it's something that you don't want to see end at all. All the pieces that we have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a championship every single year. It is a business. There are decisions that need to be made every single year and you've got to assess the situation as it is."

Although the Ohio native has put together a Hall of Fame resume already, he was overshadowed during last season's NBA Finals by teammate Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last summer to create a virtually unstoppable squad during the 2016-17 campaign.

"Curry went from on top of the world to second fiddle in the very franchise on which he has served as the cornerstone," Thompson wrote. "Even Curry's own coach, Steve Kerr, publicly listed Durant, LeBron [James], and San Antonio Spurs' star Kawhi Leonard as the elite of the elite in the NBA. Kerr was referring to two-way players, but it was in lockstep with the general sentiment."

Yet, Curry was still a force in his own right during the championship run, averaging 28.1 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals across 17 postseason games.

In the end, the four-time All-Star selection got the monster contract extension he deserved, and the Warriors head into the 2017-18 season as clear favorites to repeat as champions with the core of Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green firmly in place.