Extension day for Stephen Curry ... or maybe not

October 31, 2012, 3:00 pm
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The Warriors have until 9 p.m., on Wednesday to reach anagreement with Stephen Curry on a contract extension. In other words, possiblyin the third quarter of Golden States season-opener against the Suns inPhoenix.Conventional wisdom is that Curry like many of his classof 2009 peers wont be getting an extension. But these extensions tend tocome down to the final hours so nothing is certain.If Curry and the Warriors dont reach an agreement, hellbecome a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season. If thats thecase, the Warriors would have the right to match any other teams offer for himnext offseason.Late in the summer, Curry and his agent, Lance Young, andWarriors general manager Bob Myers agreed to table talks of an extension untilthe preseason games were complete October 23.Curry remained optimistic earlier this week.My agent, Bob and (owner) Joe (Lacob) have talked a lotover the last couple of days about the situation, Curry said. Im focused ongetting reps, getting ready for the season. Once my agent thinks theres anoffer or its ready to make a decision, hell bring it to me. But we haventgotten there yet. I dont know if it will be a deadline-driven thing, but wevestill got to wait.The reasoning behind waiting until the preseason games wereover was that those games would give both sides a chance to assess the statusof Currys right ankle. Curry missed 40 of 66 games last season because of arecurring ankle problems.Curry played four preseason games and then rolled his anklein his fifth game against Portland. Curry said he could have returned to thegame, but coach Mark Jackson told him no.Curry sat out the teams final two preseason games as aprecaution, according to Jackson.So, while Curry will start Wednesday night against the Suns,there dont seem to be any guarantees after that. And that uncertainty islikely why the Warriors are reluctant to give Curry a big-money, long-termcontract.As for Curry, if he puts together a full and productiveseason in 2012-13, he stands to earn a lot more money than if he would sign acontract right now.Denver point guard Ty Lawson signed a four-year, 48 millionextension on Tuesday. You might think Lawson is better than Curry or you mightthink hes worse, but Lawson is certainly comparable.And that might be a little too high a price for Curry, comingoff injury.James Harden is expected to sign a max contract in Houston,but only after he failed to reach an agreement with the Oklahoma City Thunderand was traded.But Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings and DeMarDeRozan arent expected to receive extensions, according to variousreports.Its a big deal, Curry said. Im fortunate to be in thisposition where were able to have these talks. Not a lot of draft guys from myclass are in this position. Its a privilege and something I dont take lightly to be able to secure a couple of more years here at Golden State woulddefinitely mean a lot.But obviously you saw with the Harden deal that a lot ofthings can come out of nowhere and you never really know whats going tohappen. That pretty much strengthened how much of a business it is and you haveto take care of yours. Well see what happens.