For a number of weeks, chatter surrounding the negotiations between Stephen Curry and the Warriors seemed positive. Curry and his agent expressed optimism about working out a long-term extension, ESPN.com's Marc Stein believed a deal was likely, and as recently as last week there was still a sense on both sides that something would get done.
With Curry's troublesome right ankle acting up again and sidelining him for the rest of the preseason, however, it now appears unlikely that the Warriors will extend him by the October 31st deadline, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. The two sides had postponed discussions until after the preseason in part because the Warriors wanted to see how Curry's ankle responded this month. While the recent setback isn't considered serious, it still means there's probably too much uncertainty for the team to proceed with a new contract for now.
Curry, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, is set to earn about $3.96MM in 2012/13. If he and the Warriors don't hammer out a new deal by Halloween, he'll almost certainly receive a qualifying offer from the team next summer, making him a restricted free agent.