Steph Curry has been spectacular for the Warriors the last few years but has he been spectacular enough to garner the biggest salary in NBA history? The answer is no because although he has been a two-time MVP he in a lot of ways lacks the “franchise tag” that a lot of the other superstars have. If you were a GM starting a team today would you start your team with Curry over a LeBron James or a Anthony Davis? So while he definitely deserves a hefty payday not sure he deserved to be the NBA’s first 40 million dollar player--especially considering he isn’t even the best player on his current championship team.
2) Kevin Durant:
Durant is the best player on the Warriors and he proved that in the latest NBA Finals. What will the Warriors do when he decides to get paid what he is worth? So far Durant has taken less to be part of the team but next season he would be up for a new contract--will the Warriors be able to give him a similar deal to Currys? Can the Warriors do that without gutting most of the championship team? Curry would have been wise to take less to help increase his team's flexibility. He could have still had a mega contract if he would have taken possibly even 34 million vs the full 40.
1) Championship Fatigue:
We see it in sports all the time, dynasties rarely stay together for long because winning starts to take a back seat to finances. The Warriors have two championship rings and for most that may be enough to satisfy them. It is possible that players like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will eventually seek dollar signs over rings, especially if the Warriors win a third one soon. Andre Igudola has already left town following the Warriors recent win, simply looking for a more lucrative contract. These players' careers only last for so long, who can blame them for trying to maximize their bank accounts at some point in their career? Especially if they already have a couple championships under their belts.