Now seems to be a pretty good time to bring up the fact that Stephen Curry has the option to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
The Warriors should do the right thing now and re-sign him now.
However after last night's bad news, the question is proving harder and harder to answer.
October 31 is the deadline to sign Curry to a long-term deal despite the fact he barely played the year before.
And that is going to be the point argued upon for hours leading up to the last day of October.
What do the Warriors do with a point guard that has the ability to be a top-ten guard in the NBA, but owns a right ankle as fragile as Dwight Howard's ego?
Curry started off training camp perfectly fine and even played a couple games in the preseason. Then, of course, last night happened.
Even though Curry insists he will be okay, the Warriors have shut him down for the rest of the preseason.
What do the Warriors do now?
Do they put all their proverbial eggs in the basket by signing Curry up before the offseason and hope he stays upright for 70 or so games?
Or do they just wait it out and hope he somehow plays down under market value and avoid financial obligations if he does get hurt again?
The rules are actually in Curry's favor to not sign the contract, especially if he is to stay healthy. If the Warriors take the chance and choose to not re-sign him, Curry has the option to field offers from other teams that have more money. The Phoenix Suns signed Eric Gordon to a max deal but the New Orleans Hornets ended up matching.
Much of the optimism in the offseason was made about Curry and Bogut's health, hoping that they were fluke occurrences and that with a new season came new bills of health.
Oh how soon truth strikes. Now the Warriors are caught in a bind and unsure whether they can trust a player with so much potential yet so held back by an ankle.
I say you have to re-sign him for a deal around 4 years and 40-45 million and see how it works. His ankle may be made of butter but the potential for greatness is too big to just let go.
Also, a team looking to make the playoffs could use the lessening of distractions around them for this year. It isn't as if Warriors management has a good track record to hold up anyways.
Taking this risk may prove dumb in the short-term deal but the willingness to take a chance -- just like the one they took for Bogut -- is necessary for this franchise, yearning for any type of good will.
Imagine if Curry played 72 games and left in free agency. The heartbreak would be undeniable and jarring. The Warriors have a team that can make the postseason, simple as that.
What's the worst thing that can happen? The management letting us down because they took a chance and failed? That's about as new of an experience to Warriors fans as Jamal Crawford not meeting a shot he didn't like.
The talent is there, with the young nucleus of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Also with Kevin Love and Dirk Nowitzki now out for the beginning of the season, the Warriors can make their playoff push right away.
It may not be the right time to sign him, because of the recent injury, but it is time for management to step up and build for the present and future.
I, along with Warrior fans, are bracing for the heartbreak as we do every year. But I do believe it isn't the time to bet on things one cannot control to stunt the growth of the future of this franchise.
Fragile ankle or not, it is time to re-sign Stephen Curry.