HoopsHype Harrison Barnes rumors

August 22, 2012 Updates

But don't take his word for it. Listen to the players themselves, who told their own version of events on Twitter after Gaskins spoke. Young Sun Kendall Marshall said "I'm turnin my playa card in." Blazer top pick Damian Lillard declared: "This man @TonyGaskins is too real. Y'all need to get up on him. He just changed my life. #realrap" Harrison Barnes, Darius Johnson-Odom, Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Andre Drummond and Quincy Acy all tweeted similarly. ESPN.com

July 24, 2012 Updates

The Logo is Barnes' unofficial tutor. So, yeah, it is a big deal. "I've seen his highlights," Barnes said. "I've looked him up. He does a great job of when he comes off shots, he's always square. He's always able to get his shot off. He had a nice looking shot. That's something I'm going to try to take from him, his ability to get to the basket and his ability to square up and get by guys." Maybe they will meet somewhere around Warriors headquarters in Oakland. Maybe Barnes will go to Los Angeles, West's home base. The where, and the when, has not been decided. NBA.com

Approaching someone retired for 38 years simply did not seem unusual. "I certainly don't want to make a big deal out of this," West said. "Our coaches are working with him. One of the things that I tried to talk to him about was efficiency of your footwork, particularly as an offensive player. I tried to talk to him about a straight line-driver instead of driving in circles, which makes degree of difficulty of shots much more difficult. And, more importantly, footwork. How to stop correctly. A lot of that is just simple things that I think he'll pick up very, very quickly. "He approached me and I told him that I'd be more than happy to try to show him some of the things I felt were important," West said. "I talked about pivoting. About how the degree of difficulty in shots is what you don't want. You want to cut down on the degree of difficulty. He's got a 40-vertical jump. He just jumps over people. But that won't do it. I certainly don't want to over-emphasize my role in anything that he might want to do because he's just an exceptional talent, a player who's got an enormous future. NBA.com

July 15, 2012 Updates
July 14, 2012 Updates

It’s one NBA Summer League game — which matters about as much what the Kardashians think about presidential politics — but Barnes looked impressive as the Warriors throttled the Lakers by 40. He came out aggressive from the opening gun, attacking the rim on his way to 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He was 4-of-4 from three, showed an impressive floater on one play, finished at the rim or at the arc in transition. He was the complete package. “Coach (Mark) Jackson just told me to be aggressive and not to worry about making mistakes,” Barnes said. He didn’t make many. Barnes had a real chemistry with Klay Thompson, it was Thompson who was dictating the offense (and knocking down 6-of-8 threes) and he was clearly looking for Barnes. Klay’s father Mychal — the former No. 1 overall pick out of Minnesota and current Lakers broadcaster — noticed it. “(Barnes) plays a really smart game, and that makes it easier,” the elder Thompson said. NBCSports.com

July 3, 2012 Updates

The Golden State Warriors have signed Harrison Barnes, whom the club selected with the seventh overall selection in last week’s NBA Draft, to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. NBA.com

June 30, 2012 Updates

A league source confirmed yesterday that Duke’s Austin Rivers, taken by New Orleans with the 10th pick, was indeed targeted by the Celtics during their failed attempt to move up the board Thursday night. But Doc Rivers’ son wasn’t alone. The Celtics had targeted “four or five guys” who went in the lottery, including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, who was taken by Golden State at No. 7. The Celtics had worked out Barnes and Washington’s Terrence Ross, the eighth pick of the draft by Toronto, during the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Boston Herald

June 29, 2012 Updates

Once the Portland Trail Blazers selected Oakland’s own Damian Lillard, a point guard out of Weber State, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said his phone went berzerk. North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes was still on the board. “My phone almost blew up with people wanting our pick, wanting our player,” Myers said. “He’s got great value and he fits what we need.” Contra Costa Times

June 28, 2012 Updates

Ernie Grunfeld: On if the pick is between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes or Bradley Beal: It’s fair to say at least two of those three players will be there when it’s our turn to pick. Every draft goes in groupings. Obviously everyone knows who the No. 1 pick is going to be, but after that, there is a group of four or five players that will go anywhere from two to six, depending on who is picking. I think those three players are probably in that grouping, as is Thomas Robinson. Washington Post

The Cleveland Cavaliers are going into Thursday night's draft hoping to land a starting wing with the No. 4 pick to play alongside last year's Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving. According to sources, the Cavs have narrowed their list down to three players: Florida's Bradley Beal, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. ESPN.com

So what will Olshey do? Does he get the point guard of the future in Lillard? Does he take a project like Drummond? Or does a talent like Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slip to him? "I think what is going to happen is there is a very good chance we take guys who are going to create more questions," Olshey said. "If I go with a guy who solves a need, then people will say we are clearly going young. If you go best player available, and it creates positional redundancy, then it's going to be 'What do you do at these positions?' "What I would really like to do in my world is go into a bunker until July 20 then come out with the aggregate composition. Because then, it will make more sense. Everyone wants to follow this in a linear progression, but everyone forgets there is another step, and another step." Oregonian

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