PHOENIX -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension on Wednesday.

Curry signed the $11 million-per-year deal hours before Golden State plays in Phoenix in the season opener.

Wednesday at 9 p.m. was the deadline for the Warriors to extend Curry's rookie contract. Curry had said he wanted the situation settled before to avoid distracting him from the season opener.

A team source told Bay Area News Group that Curry is excited about the contract because it gives him the three things he wanted: to stay with the Warriors, security, and a "reasonable" salary. His deal doesn't include any bonuses or incentives.

Curry later posted on Twitter: "Gameday baby. And thanks to Joe Lacob & the Warriors hopefully I can say that for the next 4 yrs. agreed on extension"

Curry has said all along he wanted to stay with the Warriors. In exchange, Golden State got Curry, who has been hampered by ankle issues the last two seasons, at a discount price. (On Tuesday, Denver's Ty Lawson signed for four years, $48 million. Without the ankle issues, Curry probably would have gotten at least that amount).

"This is an exciting day for the Warriors and our fans and it certainly exemplifies the commitment of Joe Lacob and Peter Guber," said Warriors general manager Bob Myers in a statement. "We're extremely pleased that we have reached an agreement that will enable Stephen to remain a vital part of our team long term. His contributions over the last three years, both on the floor and in the community, have been invaluable to our organization. We certainly expect him to be an integral part of our future success as he continues to evolve as a player in all facets of the game."

There was uncertainty over whether the Warriors and Curry would reach a deal considering his ankle issues. He missed 40 games last season because of ankle sprains. After surgery in April, he worked his way back onto the court, then sprained his ankle again Friday.

However, members of Warriors management said they weren't concerned over the latest sprain. And they were impressed with Curry's play since training camp began.