Stephen Curry and the Warriors have agreed to put extension talks on hold until after the team's slate of preseason games, so that both sides have a better idea of how Curry's ankle looks after an injury-plagued 2011/12. But according to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com, Curry and agent Lance Young are both optimistic that they'll work out a long-term deal with the Warriors before the October 31st deadline.
"Definitely," Curry said, when asked if he'd like to get a new contract signed. "It’s not like I don’t want to be here. That would be a great opportunity, to be locked up another four years and make it happen before the season so I could personally feel good about it and my future."
Young added that he was "very optimistic" about working something out with the Warriors, which represents a change of tone from what we heard earlier this summer. When the free agent period began on July 1st, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that it appeared unlikely Curry and the Warriors would reach an agreement before the season began. However, with the the two sides waiting until after the preseason to resume talks, the Warriors should get a better idea of how confident they can be in Curry's health going forward.
"Obviously they (the Warriors) want to protect themselves and want to see during training camp," Curry said. "And I have no problem with that."
Michael Pina of Hoops Rumors examined Curry as a potential extension candidate back in August. The Golden State sharpshooter is one of 20 players entering the final year of their rookie contracts who are eligible for contract extensions. Two others, Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka, have already agreed to new long-term deals this offseason. If Curry doesn't sign an extension by Halloween, he'll be eligible for restricted free agency next summer.