Golden State Warriors Open Free Agency with Three Big Re-Signings

Within the first twelve hours of free agency, the Golden State Warriors managed to get commitments from three key pieces of their championship team. Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, and David West will now be back in the fold for one more year.

The Golden State Warriors will not be able to top their free agency haul from last season when they managed to bring Kevin Durant into the fold. However, they started off free agency on the right foot with three key re-signings.

After being massively underpaid on a four-year $44 million contract, Stephen Curry quickly re-upped on a five-year supermax contract worth $201 million. The deal reverses Curry's financial fortunes, as he goes from the league's most underpaid player to the highest-paid player in league history.

The Warriors also got commitments from Shaun Livingston and David West in the opening hours of free agency. Livingston signed a three-year $24 million deal that likely offered him less than he could have gotten on the open market, while David West committed to a one-year minimum deal that he said will be his last NBA contract. While the Warriors still have a major free agent on the market in Andre Iguodala, their haul from the first day of 2017 free agency was both completely expected and vital to their future success. 

Steph Curry: Five Years, $201 Million

Kevin Durant may have taken some of his shine last season, but Steph Curry is still Golden State's most important player. While his re-signing for a maximum contract has been almost a foregone conclusion since his second MVP award, the Warriors were smart to lock Curry up the second that the clock struck midnight on the East Coast.

The effect that Steph Curry has on this team is truly staggering. Even though a relatively down year for Curry led to a spot on the All-NBA second team instead of another MVP trophy, his unprecedented shooting touch makes him the most important offensive player on a team that has Kevin Durant. Teams are so afraid of Curry the instant that he crosses halfcourt that the rest of the Warriors can get wide-open looks with really even trying: