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Warriors, Curry agree on extension

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Warriors, Curry agree on extension

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The Warriors have until 9 p.m., on Wednesday to reach an agreement with Stephen Curry on a contract extension. In other words, possibly in the third quarter of Golden States season-opener against the Suns in Phoenix.But neither side needed that long.Dubs Gameday baby. And thanks to Joe Lacob & the Warriors hopefully I can say that for the next 4 yrs. agreed on extension Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 31, 2012Multiple sources are indicating that the Warriors and Curry have reached agreement on a four-year deal. At this point, the exact number of the deal is not known, but it is expected to be less than the contract that was signed by Denver point guard Ty Lawson for four years and 48 million.One source indicated the deal was for four years, 44 million.Late in the summer, Curry and his agent, Lance Young, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers agreed to table talks of an extension until the preseason games were complete October 23.Curry remained optimistic earlier this week.My agent, Bob and (owner) Joe (Lacob) have talked a lot over the last couple of days about the situation, Curry said. Im focused getting reps, getting ready for the season. Once my agent thinks theres an offer or its ready to make a decision, hell bring it to me. But we havent gotten there yet. I dont know if it will be a deadline-driven thing, but weve still got to wait.The reasoning behind waiting until the preseason games were over was that those games would give both sides a chance to assess the status of Currys right ankle. Curry missed 40 of 66 games last season because of a recurring ankle problems.Curry played four preseason games and then rolled his ankle in his fifth game against Portland. Curry said he could have returned to the game, but coach Mark Jackson told him no.Curry sat out the teams final two preseason games as a precaution, 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 is likely why the Warriors are reluctant to give Curry a big-money, long-term contract.As for Curry, if he puts together a full and productive season in 2012-13, he stands to earn a lot more money than if he would sign a contract right now.Denver point guard Ty Lawson signed a four-year, 48 million extension on Tuesday. You might think Lawson is better than Curry or you might think hes worse, but Lawson is certainly comparable.And that might be a little to high a price for Curry, coming off 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 Thunder and was traded.But Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan arent expected to receive extensions, according to various reports.Its a big deal, Curry said. Im fortunate to be in this position where were able to have these talks. Not a lot of draft guys from my class 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 would definitely mean a lot.But obviously you saw with the Harden deal that a lot of things can come out of nowhere and you never really know whats going to happen. That pretty much strengthened how much of a business it is and you have to take care of yours. Well see what happens.

Teams will continue to call about Klay Thompson and Warriors will keep laughing

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Teams will continue to call about Klay Thompson and Warriors will keep laughing

There is a single reason teams keep sniffing out the availability of Klay Thompson, and it’s far more easily understood than the myriad reasons the Warriors keep telling them no.

No fewer than four teams have either reached out or considered reaching out, the latest being revealed as the detested Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors, of course, declined them, perhaps after general manager Bob Myers put Cavs GM Koby Altman on speakerphone so everybody at Warriors HQ could double over with team-building laughter.

The Cavs got the same answer as was previously heard by the Pacers and the Timberwolves, and maybe even the Celtics, whose interest was rumored though never actually substantiated.

All four teams, though, along with maybe few others, all reached the same conclusion. They looked at the Warriors, studied their prime core, and concluded that Thompson was the most available member.

Clearly more available than Stephen Curry, who is the face of the franchise.

Likely more available than Draymond Green, whose two-way versatility and temperament are vital to the grand ambitions of the Warriors.

And infinitely more available than Kevin Durant, who arrived two years after Minnesota shot its shot -- by dangling Kevin Love -- and evolved into their most impressive overall player.

So it’s Thompson who gets his tires kicked. He’s 27 years old, has two years remaining on his contract and, most germane, seems to be the least emotionally invested star in the organization. That is may not be true, but it’s an easy conclusion based on appearances and the misguided thought that the Warriors don’t value him as much as they do the others.

Wrong.

“It's really cool,” Thompson said Wednesday, referring to being pursued and prized. “It shows the Warriors believe in me and these other teams want me to be a part of their success. So I appreciate it. I've been in trade rumors forever. Everyone has. Except for maybe LeBron James, Steph — well, even Steph early in his career.”

Any team that asks about Thompson is aware that the Thompson-Love deal gained considerable traction in 2014 before it was vetoed by then-adviser Jerry West and newly hired head coach Steve Kerr.

If the Warriors were thinking about it then, why not later?

They have their reasons, beginning with the fact they’ve experienced more success over the past three seasons than at any time in franchise history, winning two championships in three seasons and becoming a regular in the NBA Finals. Why even consider breaking the squad that so clearly is the cream of the NBA?

Another reason is that the Warriors have come to fully understand Thompson’s role in their competitive prosperity. He’s a gunslinger that manages to be highly productive without spending much time with the ball, and his fabulous defense makes that end of the court so much easier for Curry. The Thompson-Curry backcourt is the best in the league and already in the discussion for the best ever.

There is another component that is rather understated. Thompson is the ultimate zero-maintenance All-Star. In a locker room of varied personalities, some loud, nearly all opinionated, he’s like a breeze that is cool enough be felt yet never so much it feels imposing.

The Warriors have come to appreciate Thompson being the closest thing to a wind-up All-Star in a league where that is exceedingly rare. Give him a jersey, a ball and some shoes and let him go.

So, no, he’s not leaving anytime soon. The only way he goes before he becomes a free agent in 2019 -- at which time he’s likely to take a peep around the NBA -- is if the Warriors somehow take a tumble in the standings or try to low-ball him.

Until then, teams may continue to ask. They have to as a strategy to improve themselves while diminishing the league’s powerhouse. Understanding this, the Warriors will take the calls and appreciate the humor of it all.

Former Warriors forward wins BIG3’s Best Trash Talker

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Former Warriors forward wins BIG3’s Best Trash Talker

Stephen Jackson is known as one of the biggest characters in Warriors history. 

The 14-year NBA veteran always let you know what he was thinking. Some things never change. 

Jackson, now playing for the Killer 3s in the BIG3, was awarded the league's Best Trash Talker award on Wednesday. 

Serving as the Killer 3s co-captain with Chauncey Billups, Jackson is currently leading the league in scoring. At 39 years old, Jackson is averaging 21.6 points per game over 31.7 minutes per game. 

In four seasons with the Warriors, Jackson poured in 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game. Over 14 years in the NBA, he averaged 15.1 points per game. 

Former Warriors big man Al Harrington was voted Too Hard to Guard with his 15.3 points per game.