Harrison Barnes, a restricted free agent this off-season, will receive a host of max offers from interested suitors. The Golden State Warriors were previously expected to match all offer sheets and retain the small forward. However, fresh NBA Rumors suggest Barnes could leave Oakland.
According to CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole, Barnes won’t be in a position to warrant a max extension this summer. “Barnes lately is most notable for his relative ineffectiveness, for making marginal impact despite being a starter for the best team in the NBA. His timing is horrible. Barnes reportedly rejected a lucrative contract extension, $64 million over four years, and becomes a restricted free agent in July. The Warriors have a decision to make, and Barnes knows it. At this rate, his stock is falling,” wrote Poole, who travels with the NBA champions all season long.
Poole does have a point. Over the last 5 games, Barnes is averaging only 5 points and 5.2 rebounds from 27.6 minutes of playing time. At the start of the season, the North Carolina product was expected to become the third scoring wheel in the Warriors offense and put up stronger numbers. “Barnes is, put simply, jeopardizing his future,” writes Pool.
It’s almost as if Barnes, drafted seventh overall by the Warriors in 2012, has suddenly forgotten how to shoot. “The wide-open layups, that’s the most frustrating part,” the small forward said after a practice session on Tuesday. “Three-point jump shots, that’s one thing. But when you’re missing the bunnies, that’s when you’re just sitting there, like, ‘Are you serious?’
“Because there’s no practice you can do about that. You can’t come in here and do more (drills). That’s just touch. That part’s been frustrating, but everything else has been fun,” added Barnes.
Plenty of teams, namely the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics are expected to make a strong run at Barnes. Will the Warriors retain him?
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