Five years ago today, the Golden State Warriors franchise was changed forever. It wasn’t apparent at the time, but in hindsight, Halloween is the anniversary of one of the most influential moments in Warriors’ history.
It’s the anniversary of Stephen Curry’s extension. At the time, Curry’s four-year, $44 million extension was seen as a win-win. Hampered by injuries and seeking his first big contract, the point guard was set for life, regardless of what happened with his ankles.
And for the franchise, they had an opportunity to secure their cornerstone for a reasonable price, with relatively low financial loss should Curry’s injuries sustain. With one year left until an uncertain free agency, it wasn’t an easy choice for either side, but one both parties ultimately decided was for the best.
And it completely changed the course of the franchise. Curry’s relatively modest contract allowed the team to spend big money signing Andre Iguodala, and extending Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
And, perhaps most importantly, the $11 million Curry made a year while racking up two MVP trophies paved the way for the team to add Kevin Durant to the mix, building what they hope is a dynasty for many years to come.
While Curry certainly left money on the table, the decision ended up working well for him. He gained financial security that allowed him to focus only on basketball, and after solidifying his spot as one of the NBA’s elite, cashed in this summer with what was, at the time, the largest contract in NBA history.
We’ll always remember the championships, and the special performances. But October 31 is a pretty important day as well.