To some, it almost seemed too good to be true. Would the Super Golden State Warriors set aside their egos, take less money, and keep a potential dynasty together?
Stephen Curry has agreed to a five-year, $201 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. Curry becomes the first player to sign a “supermax” contract in the NBA. The contract is the biggest in NBA history as Curry is expected to make $40 million a year. Once Curry agreed his contract there was one other All-Star that still needed to be locked in in Golden State.
Kevin Durant was the absolute difference maker in pushing the Warriors over the top to regain the throne from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both Durant and Curry had an exceptional Finals each the top two scoring leaders against Cleveland. Curry averaged 26.8 points (44-percent from the field), 9.4 assists, and 8 rebounds in the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant averaged 35.2 points (55-percent from the field), 5.4 assists, and 8.2 rebounds in the same Finals. Durant agreed to a two-year, $53 million deal with the Warriors on Monday. It is projected that Durant skipped out on an additional $9 million as a part of the sacrifice to keep the All-Star core together for Golden State. It also made way for the Warriors to resign Andre Iguodala to a three-year, $48 million deal.
Who is to say that a loss of $9 million less hurts KD pockets? A recent article from Forbes explains that Durant ranks third in the last 12-months in shoe revenue from Nike. The research reportedly advises that Durant collected $25 million from Nike royalties in the past year. Per Forbes, Durant raked in $60.6 million 2017 so far between his NBA contract and endorsements. Curry only managed $47.3 million between his NBA contract and endorsements. Of course, Curry can pass Durant in the next year with his new supermax NBA deal however, the ultimate breadwinner would still be KD.
The reality happens to be that Durant honors that Curry is the frontrunner in Golden State. The two-time MVP, one time unanimous, and record holder for most three-point field goals made in a single season is now the breadwinner. The selfishness of the Warriors is an even scarier thought. It may seem that arguably Durant is the best player on the Warriors and let’s pay him as one right? Again, this shows the bigger picture that this Golden State team has in mind for themselves. Throw the selfishness out the window and let’s talk wins and rings.
The Warriors are winners of two of the last three championships. They have dominated the closest competitor in the Cavaliers but also sending the NBA in a frenzy. After trading for Chris Paul last week, Houston’s General Manager, Daryl Morey explains, the NBA is a “weapons race”.
The Warriors remain fully armed and their culture in Oakland is fully committed the most important part: Strength in Numbers