The Golden State Warriors are all about taking risks.
They took a risk when they paid David Lee an arm and a leg to join the team. They took a risk when they shipped out Monta Ellis last season and they took an even bigger risk bringing Andrew Bogut back in return.
And now they have taken another risk, signing the injury-riddled Stephen Curry to a four-year, $44 million extension, news that the point guard himself broke via Twitter:
Dubs Gameday baby. And thanks to Joe Lacob & the Warriors hopefully I can say that for the next 4 yrs. agreed on extension
Expensive yes? Risky? Again, yes? Smart? Most definitely.
Though Curry appeared in just 26 games last season, he has only missed 50 games over the course of his three-year career, 40 of which came last season. Translation? Until last year, Curry had missed just 10 games in two full seasons worth of basketball, which isn’t too shabby.
And neither is his career average 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
So forget about his ankle for a second and focus on the fact that he’s a 24-year-old star, who more than likely, will be able to regain his on-court composure the way Bogut never has.
Golden State is anything but mistaken for handing out this extension. Curry is the most talented scorer on the team and one of the most deadly shooters in the entire league. With him, there’s hope for the Warriors’ future, even without Bogut.
Without him, though? Not so much.
But that’s no longer an issue. Because Golden State has locked him up for the foreseeable future. And while it was quite an expensive contract, it dealt Ellis in favor of him, so isn’t he worth the same type of money the team was paying Ellis?
Of course, which is why this contract is more liable to be a steal than one the Warriors come to regret.
Because right now, the potential dividends outweigh the risks—by a long shot, rendering this a slightly unstable endeavor worth embarking on.
And one that should help propel the Warriors back to prominence in the end.
Dan Favale is an avid basketball analyst and firm believer in the three-pointer as well as the notion that defense doesn’t always win championships. His work can be found at Bleacherreport.com in addition to TheHoopDoctors.com. Follow @danfavale on Twitter for his latest posts and all things NBA.