Warriors’ Harrison Barnes sprains his knee in preseason loss

And this is why it’s better to sometimes sign a contract extension earlier than later.

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes sustained a sprained right knee in the second quarter of Golden State’s 114-103 preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Barnes banged his knee with Nuggets rookie Emmanuel Mudiay at the 5:38 mark of the second quarter and did not return. In typical Barnes fashion, he wasn’t expressive about the injury, according to Warriors interim coach Luke Walton.

“He’s day-to-day,” Walton said after the game, according to CSN Bay Area. “When I took him out, just like Harrison, he doesn’t say anything. But once I substitute him out, he goes to the trainer. He doesn’t complain about anything and always wants to play.

“We’ll find out more later, but he’s day-to-day now.”

The Warriors and Barnes have until Nov. 2 to come to an agreement on a contract extension. It will be interesting to see what affect — if any at all — this injury has on the negotiations.