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    Thursday, 3 August 2017

    The sacrifice Steph Curry wanted to make for Golden State Warriors

    Curry.
    We all know Steph Curry is an incredible team player for the Golden State Warriors, but this is just taking it to the next level.
    The two-time NBA MVP took more of a back step last season with the arrival of Kevin Durant during the summer from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and this ultimately lead to another championship being awarded to the Warriors. 
    The super team of Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green worked in unity to earn Golden State their second title in the space of three years, and during this offseason, they did everything they could to keep everyone on the team to ensure they have a good shot at future success. 

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    Most people know the 2017 Finals MVP took $9.5 million less than what he could have received from the Warriors in order to allow the team to re-sign Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and David West, keeping their core together.
    However, Curry recently told Marcus Thompson II of the new Athletic Bay Area that he offered to take a discount on his new contract as well, but Golden State's general manager Bob Myers wouldn't allow it because, at the end of the day, it wouldn't matter.
    “I actually asked Bob,” he said. “If I were to take a discount — at any number, I don’t know what it would be — how much of a difference would that make for us to be able to sign other guys. It wasn’t like (Kevin Durant’s) situation. His had a direct impact on us being able to sign Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston). And it was just an unbelievable sacrifice by KD. But mine didn’t matter.”
    Curry ended up agreeing to a five-year, $201 million extension with the Warriors, becoming the first NBA player to sign a supermax contract, the crossing of a $200 million threshold, but his commitment to take less money than what he deserves just shows how much of a team player he really is.
    The reason why Durant was able to take less and Curry wasn't is all to do with 'Bird rights', which is named after the NBA legend Larry Bird. This is a rule which allows a team to go over the cap to keep a player who has been on the roster for a couple of years.
    Since Durant had only been at the team for a year, he didn't qualify for this rule, meaning if he had decided to opt out and push for a max deal, Golden State most likely would have had to say goodbye to Iguodala and Livingston and maybe others in order to keep the 2014 MVP.
    To help keep the team together, Durant could qualify for a non-Bird cap exception if he asked for 120 percent of his salary from last season ($26.5 million). Instead, he took about $7 million less than that and signed for $26 million, which was also $1.7 million less than the player option he declined for next season. This allowed the Warriors to stay together.
    Since the Warriors have Curry's Bird rights as he has been with the team for over a year, they can go over the cap and over the tax line to keep him, so they did. Now, this Golden State team looks set to dominate the NBA for years to come thanks to personal sacrifices of their star players.

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