Steph Curry reportedly could earn a $200 million deal under new NBA CBA

BY Nunzio Ingrassia • December 15, 2016

Steph Curry stands to be one of the biggest winners from the NBA’s newest collective bargaining agreement. The Golden State Warriors superstar could earn a contract that would exceed $200 million thanks to the new designated veteran play provision, ESPN reported Thursday.

Curry, who is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million extension, will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated $207 million – the most lucrative in league history – when the reigning two-time MVP becomes a free agent in July, according to the report.

The new rule in the CBA "allows certain superstars who are willing to re-sign with their current teams to receive up to 35 percent of the team’s salary cap," per ESPN. But specific benchmarks need to be met and according to the report, Curry, a two-time MVP who’s played his entire career with one team, would meet those qualifications.

If Curry, who is making $12 million this season, were to receive this deal, he would earn approximately $35.7 million in the first year (assuming next year's salary cap projection of $102 million is accurate) and then approximately $38.4 million, $41.3 million, $44.4 million and $47.7 million in subsequent years. Those numbers are based on the NBA's rules which allow a player to receive annual raises of 7.5 percent if he signs a deal with his current team.

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