SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and hisagent both expressed optimism over the weekend that Curry and Golden Statewould agree to a contract extension before the regular season begins.But the respective sides have agreed to table any extensiontalks until the team completes its preseason schedule and everyone sees howCurrys right ankle looks after an injury plagued 2011-12.Im very optimistic about getting a deal done, said LanceYoung, Currys representative. I think we can get something done by the 31st(Oct. 31, the deadline for Curry to sign a deal).Currys troublesome ankle forced him to miss 40 of 66 gamesa season ago, and he hasnt played competitively since March. Curry, who hasbeen rehabbing most of the summer, received full medical clearance on Thursday,and hes now playing five-on-five for the first time since the injury.RELATED: Stephen Curry plays 5-on-5 for first time since March
Theyve had some talks, said Curry, who was participatingin a fatherson basketball camp at St. Ignatius High School. But obviouslythey (Warriors) want to protect themselves and want to see during trainingcamp. And I have no problem with that.The Warriors play their eighth and final game of thepreseason on Oct. 23, against the Phoenix Suns, at Oracle Arena.RELATED: Warriors 2012 preseason schedule
Curry said the ankle has responded well all summer and didthe same after upping his workload late in the week. The Warriors and Curryhave until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on an extension. If they dont, Currywill become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.But Curry is talking like it wont come to that.Definitely, he said when asked if hed like to getsomething done. Its not like I dont want to be here. That would be a greatopportunity, to be locked up another four years and make it happen before theseason so I could personally feel good about it and my future.But Ive just got to let the process unfold.
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