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A quick look at the Warriors' Stephen Curry, including the latest on his contract extension situation:
I had a nice chat with the fourth-year guard at Wednesday's shoot-a-round, and he said there's no update on the contract extension situation. The talks have been tabled until after the preseason, in large part so that Warriors management can observe his ankle through Oct. 23 (vs. Phoenix) before settling on a final offer number before the Oct. 31 deadline.
In general, though, both sides seem to have some optimism that a deal can get done. Curry even described the two sides as "close" in terms of where they were on the financial terms when talks were suspended.
A quick note on the negotiations: Curry's agent, Lance Young, has left the Octagon agency that represents him in order to join agent Jeff Schwartz at Excel Sports Management. I'm told the change shouldn't have any ill effect on the talks when they resume, as Curry will stay with Octagon and the head of the agency's basketball division, Jeff Austin, is as respected as they come and will pick up where Young - who had worked under him - left off.
As for Curry's on-court status, he admitted that he's just now getting through the mental hurdles that his incessant ankle injuries caused in his psyche. He's well aware that everyone from Warriors owner Joe Lacob to general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the Golden State braintrust is watching every game closely, too, but seemed at ease and respectful of that reality.
The goal is to play without fear of pain or re-injuring of the ankle, and he seems to have done that the last two preseason games. He dropped 25 points on the Nuggets on 10-of-15 shooting, then looked very good in spurts while scoring 19 points (8 of 14 shooting) against the Kings on Wednesday in 24 minutes.
Like the team's fans, Curry is bullish on the Warriors' new-look roster and the fact that his own role is more clearly identified this season. Whereas he shared lead-guard duties with Monta Ellis before the deal that brought Andrew Bogut from Milwaukee last season, he's the clear point guard of this team (with young Klay Thompson at his side and veteran backup Jarrett Jack behind him). And as a random aside, Curry made a point to mention that Call of Duty Black Ops II comes out on Nov. 13 and he'll be gaming every chance he gets once it does.
Of course Warriors fans who have been patiently waiting for the healthy Curry are hoping it's not the only game he's playing well by then.