On his way back from a late-night workout Monday, Warriors power forward David Lee pulled over and sent a text to point guard Stephen Curry.

"If you need to borrow a pen, I've got an extra one for you," Lee said in the message.

He explained: "I'd love to have him here for as many years as we can. He's a great point guard and even better person."

As of Tuesday, Curry hadn't accepted Lee's offering. If he and the Warriors don't find common ground on a contract extension by Wednesday - the league's deadline to re-sign fourth-year players - Curry will become a restricted free agent in July.

The Warriors, led by owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers, and Curry's representatives, led by Jeff Austin, have been in consistent communication during the past three days. Afraid of being accused of negotiating in the media, both sides have declined public comment.

Curry indicated that talks haven't netted much movement so far.

"Once my agent feels like there's an offer or a situation that's ready to make a decision, he'll bring it to me, but we haven't gotten there yet," Curry said. "I don't know if it will be a deadline-driven kind of thing, but we've still got to wait."

If Curry is healthy, he's a cornerstone of the Warriors' future. The 24-year-old averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds over his first three seasons and is the only player in NBA history with career shooting percentages of at least 47 from the field, 44 from three-point range and 90 from the free-throw line.

But his balky right ankle could be enough to make a franchise balk at offering a long-term deal. Curry had surgery on the ankle after the 2010-11 season and had a second surgery after missing 40 games last season.

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