PHOENIX -- Point guard Stephen Curry signed a four-year contract extension with the Warriors on Wednesday, the team announced. Team sources said the deal is for $44 million.

Curry said accepting the offer was an easy decision because he got a nice salary, the security he hoped, and he gets to stay a Warrior.

"I thought the deal was too good to pass up right now," Curry said. "I've been through a lot of injuries the past year and a half. It's back strong and ready to go. ... I'm just excited about the future."

News of Curry's extension set off a debate in the Bay Area. Many wondered if the Warriors committed too much to a player who missed nearly a third of the games the last two seasons with multiple ankle sprains. Still, others contended the Warriors made a smart move by locking Curry up at a lower price while his ankle is still a concern.

One fact seems fairly unanimous: Curry would have gotten much more if not for his ankle problems. He's had two surgeries on his right ankle in the past two years.

Denver point guard Ty Lawson signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Nuggets on Tuesday. The Hornets' Eric Gordon, among the most talented of the league's young guards, got a maximum contract of $58 million despite missing all but nine games last season with a knee injury. Curry likely would have fallen somewhere between those two.

If he didn't reach a deal, and became a restricted free agent on July 1, then Curry's salary could have gotten out of control. Curry's value around the league has been high since he was drafted No. 7 overall in 2009. Warriors management believed it was possible that Curry, even if he was injured again this season, would have gotten a big offer next summer.


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"We think we got a pretty good deal here," co-owner Joe Lacob said. "For a guy who, if he went to free agency and was healthy, frankly would make more. No question about it. And maybe the max."

So if Curry puts his ankle issues behind him and has a bounce-back season, his $11 million-per-year contract will look like a bargain. On the other hand, if he continues to be perennially hobbled, Golden State will have another undesirable contract on its hands.

"Time will tell," general manager Bob Myers said. "But we felt like -- obviously, we put $44 million on the table -- we believe in him. It's a big belief in his health."