NBA free agency opened Friday at 9 p.m. PT. It took 14 minutes for the Golden State Warriors to negotiate a $201-million contract with Stephen Curry’s agent, get him to agree to the terms of the contract and leak the news to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It’s no surprise considering Dubs general manager Bob Myers indicated keeping, and giving Curry a raise, was one of the team’s first priorities when the offseason officially began.
The contract is for five years with no player options. It’s the first under the league’s new CBA that allows for a super max offer to players who stay with the team that drafted them. It’s also the richest in NBA history.
The Warriors also agreed to a deal with Shaun Livingston in the first hour of the 2017-18 season. The veteran guard will return on a three-year, $24 million contract, according to ESPN.
Third year of Shaun Livingston’s deal is partially guaranteed, source says. Deal structure appears to be: $8M, $8M, $2M guaranteed
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2017
Andre Iguodala has not taken a meeting with the Warriors yet as both teams jockey for leverage in negotiations.
That back-and-forth will be much more protracted, while the Curry deal most certainly was not.
how the Curry negotiations went:
Steph: we’d like all the money
Bob Myers: we’d like to give you all the money
Bob Myers: great
— jacob c. palmer (@jacobc_palmer) July 1, 2017