How Stephen Curry Can Get a $200 Million Contract After This Season

By footbasket
Dec. 16, 2016

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry may have to change his name to $$$$$$tephen once he signs his new contract after this season. Under the new CBA rules, the Golden State Warriors star is able to sign a deal worth more than $200 million.

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.

Curry is currently making $12 million this season, which is very low for someone who is the reigning two-time MVP. That could all change, as he could make nearly $36 million alone next season if he agrees to estimated $207 million contract.

If the salary cap projection of $102 million for the next NBA offseason ends up being right, Curry would be scheduled to make the following per season in his estimated contract: $35.7 million, $38.4 million, $41.3 million, $44.4 million and $47.7 million.

Now it makes sense why LeBron James plans to opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers every summer.

-- Josh Dhani