For years, people talked about how the Golden State Warriors were 'robbing' Stephen Curry, how he would leave eventually, and how he was on one of the biggest bargain deals in the NBA.
Well, it's safe to say that those days are far behind him, as the Chef will now be the league's highest-paid player for the fifth straight season, as reported by ClutchPoints.
After signing a huge 4-year, $215 million contract extension, Curry is due to make north of $48 million next season, with a salary that will continue to rise all the way to $59 million by the final year of his contract.
It's pretty safe to say that the Warriors had a long-overdue debt with Steph, so no one seems to be complaining about those numbers now.
People doubted Curry's durability early in his career due to his multiple ankle injuries. Gladly, that's all a thing of the past, and --except from the 2020 season, he's been quite durable and often available.
Moreover, Curry seems to be aging like a fine wine. He's coming off arguably the best season of his career, even though it didn't translate to a playoff berth for his team.
Steph averaged a career-high (and league-high) 32.0 points per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals. and 5.3 three-pointers per game (also a career-high) on 48/42/91 shooting splits. Those are MVP-caliber numbers.
So, yeah, $48 million is a lot of money, but that's what you have to pay to have the greatest shooter in NBA history on your team.
And now that the Warriors will get Klay Thompson back into the lineup rather sooner than later, it seems like Steve Kerr's team is ready to prove to the world that the dynasty is far from over.