Warriors point guard Stephen Curry could be out for an extended period of time.
Curry suggested after Tuesday's win at Sacramento that he was ready to sit out to get his ankle healthy. He didn't say he was shutting it down for the remainder of the year, but he did say getting his sprained right ankle healthy was a priority.
"If he's 100 percent, he will play this season," Lance Young, Curry's agent, said via text.
Curry isn't 100 percent healthy. Still, the decision to focus on getting the ankle completely healthy is a change of gears. Before the trade, Curry was doing all he could to stay on the court. At shootaround Tuesday morning, he said he was feeling good and ready to play.
But after the trade, which several players said privately they viewed as a death sentence for this season, Curry had a change of heart.
"I'm kind of getting fed up with having to deal with this," Curry said, later adding, "that's my main goal, to get healthy. What that means I'm not sure yet. I'll continue to do my rehab and my treatment and listen to the staff. I'm sure we'll have a better idea what we're going to do going forward later."
Power forward David Lee fueled the speculation after the game. When asked his thoughts on the trade, he said he would "take a step back and see what they're going to do with Steph Curry and that's going to be a big part of us moving forward."
If Curry is out for an extended period, Golden State's playoff
Curry had expressed his motivation was to help the Warriors make a playoff push, saying he would "have the offseason to rest." But if getting healthy has become a secondary goal for the franchise, it stands to reason Curry would take that route.
"I'm just trying to get healthy. What that means, I'm not sure yet. ... Those little incidents with my ankle, I just want to get that put behind me and move forward."
Still, one team source said, Curry could play tonight against Boston. He was working out at the team's facility Wednesday morning. And those close to Curry said it will be hard to keep him off the court, even if he wanted to sit out.