Stephen Curry has one of the NBA's most team-friendly contracts, but his four-year, $44 million deal in 2012 was a hard decision at the time for the Golden State Warriors.
Curry was coming off a string of ankle injuries.
The Warriors have given extensions to Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson in each of the subsequent years.
"It never gets talked about, but Curry’s extension wasn’t as easy as everybody says. Bogut’s extension. Klay’s. All these deals we’ve done that I think have worked… You pay a player in the NBA, they’re guaranteed.
"Curry, he’s been–knock on wood–extremely healthy. (But) when we did that deal, he wasn’t. And a lot of people felt, ‘Why are you doing this now?’
"Sometimes the scariest decisions you make are the ones where you’re committing to a player. And people would look at those and say, ‘Those were easy.’ Those weren’t easy decisions.
"Klay might’ve been the easiest decision and you would’ve never thought that. But paying players… you’re putting yourself out there, especially with the injury risk.
"Committing to the players in the organization, which I think we felt really good about because of the character of those guys… a lot of the reasons why teams suffer in the NBA is because you commit salary to players that aren’t worth it and become immovable."