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Report: Harrison Barnes could receive contract extension before new deadline

Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) warms up before game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) warms up before game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Harrison Barnes and the Golden State Warriors might agree to a contract extension after all.

The NBA is moving back the first-round draft pick contract extension deadline from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 this season because Oct. 31 falls on a weekend, according to ESPN.com.

This buys the Warriors -- as well as a few other teams -- some crucial time to find a happy medium with their fourth-year stud.

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Per Marc Stein of ESPN:

"Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, according to league sources, are the players best positioned to secure a lucrative extension this month as the revised deadline approaches and negotiations in both cases continue.

"Barnes, meanwhile, reportedly has rejected a four-year, $64 million pitch from the Warriors, believing he'll get bigger offers in restricted free agency next summer given the huge spike in available cap space league-wide tied to the NBA's next TV contract."

The two-day extension might not sound like much, but it could be the difference in whether Barnes remains with the Warriors past next season.