Harrison Barnes may not feature for the reigning champions Golden State Warriors in the coming season. Barnes will become a restricted free agent next summer if the Warriors fail to sign him an extension contract by October 31.
The Golden State Warriors have offered Barnes a deal comparable with the one signed by Draymond Green. The Warriors signed Draymond Green an $82.5 million extension.
The Warriors have offered Barnes an extension contract worth $16 million per season. Barnes has appointed Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports as his agent recently. While the abovementioned offer was worked out, he was represented by his previous agent Jeff Wechsler.
The 23-year-old athletic wing is now keen to see off the October 31 deadline for rookie extension contract and hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. The Warriors, on the other hand, are desperately trying to prevent Barnes from becoming a free agent in 2016, when the other franchises with financial flexibility and burgeoning salary cap-space will pounce upon promising Harrison Barnes.
A member of 2012 NBA draft class, Barnes is eligible for a rookie contract extension. If he becomes a restricted free agent, then the Warriors are also eligible for matching any offer sheet to re-sign him.