Q: This team always seems to be involved pursuing big n…

Q: This team always seems to be involved pursuing big name players and your name has been involved as a trade chip and next year there might be more of that, with your name involved. How much of this is that you have more control of your future as a restricted free agent? Harrison Barnes: It’s been a roller coaster in terms of that since I got here–you know, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love… So now we’ve won a championship. The Warriors, it’s a desirable destination. So it would be nothing new, come to this next season with more big names and the Warriors are potentially trying to sign those guys.

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Q: How do you feel about the process? Harrison Barnes: The process was great. There wasn’t any awkward tension, anything like that. I think the precedent that he set up front, early, the fact that look, this is between the agent and him and had nothing to do with me. I think that was great. There was never any bad blood.
Harrison Barnes and the Warriors concluded discussions about a contract extension and will not reach an agreement by the Nov. 2 deadline, making him a restricted free agent next summer. General manager Bob Myers said Tuesday that negotiations with Barnes' agent ended the previous day on "very amicable" terms as the player wanted to focus on the start of the regular season. Owner Joe Lacob had said of a report that Barnes, 23, turned down an initial four-year, $64 million offer from the team, "Let's just say it's in the ballpark."
"I let my agent worry about all that kind of stuff," Barnes said. "The goal was to try to get something done, but now that the season's here, it's solely about basketball. The contract stuff, put that all aside. There's a lot riding on this season, just in terms of the possibility of going back-to-back. After this season, hopefully after another parade, we can do this again."
Harrison Barnes in the preseason has dealt with a knee injury and posted modest numbers -- 5.5 points and 3 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game -- but feels good heading into the season. "I feel like I've improved, and I feel very confident," Barnes said. The Warriors apparently feel the same way about him. Owner Joe Lacob told Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami of the initial four-year, $64 million contract extension offer that Barnes reportedly turned down, "Let's just say it's in the ballpark, and it's a lot of money."
Bogut: Players obviously want to get as much as they can, and if he can do that while he’s in the NBA, it becomes his call. He’s a smart guy, and I think it’ll end up working out in the long run. I don’t think he’s going to leave, but stranger things have happened. As a team, we all want Harrison back and we think that he will sign. They’re close, but not close enough.
Several players – including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, John Henson and Jonas Valanciunas – have reached rookie extensions. Talks have been ongoing with several others, including Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes and Toronto’s Terrence Ross.
Barnes is in the middle of a contract extension negotiation period with the Warriors, and Myers doesn't expect the injury to be a factor in talks based on what he knows at this point. "If it changes then we'll look at it, but I don't believe that will weigh into anything," Myers said. "As far as talking to him and our doctors last night, I don't think it's anything serious."
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. Drummond could potentially land a five-year deal worth around $120 million if he earns Designated Player status from the Pistons.
Barnes is right to bet on someone offering him a max deal — averaging as much as $23 million per season — if he gets to free agency. There is too much cap money for a blah free-agent class. That exploding money factored into Barnes’s decision to fire his old agent, Jeff Wechsler, and hire the powerhouse Jeff Schwartz. Barnes is pushing back against the standard 4 percent agent commission, league sources told Grantland last week, arguing that those old rules shouldn’t apply to new money.1
What a gangsta move by Barnes. An incredibly surprising and savvy play. According to one source, as of June, Barnes would’ve been happy to sign for $10 million a year. Fast forward two months and he’s pushing back the offer totaling $30 million more than that. Wow. It’s a sign of how different things will be under this exploding cap. We have to shift our paradigms because the numbers don’t mean what they used to. Under the new cap, $16 million is more like $11 million. Barnes clearly understands this.
Why would Barnes do this? Perhaps because he can see the writing on the wall. He’s the obvious trade bait for Kevin Durant. He’s been hearing it for at least a year. So whatever Barnes gets from the Warriors, as long as it’s significantly less than the $30 million they’d sign Durant to, would be a deal. He already knows they are willing to pay max for his position. If Barnes gets $20 million a year, it’s still a tradable contract and would be a big savings for OKC if he’s sent there in a trade.
As one source pontificated, maybe this is Barnes announcing his desire for a bigger role … on another team. Either the Warriors pay him like a top option, which would probably force them to play him like one, or he’ll go be that elsewhere. Maybe he wants to just play this year out and hit a free agent market on steroids.
The Warriors have some tendencies, we know some things about Barnes, and here are some baseline themes to consider while this works its way into whatever it works out to… 1–It’s not even October yet, and this Warriors management historically brings the negotiations for these deals until right before the deadline, which for these talks, is Oct. 31. That’s how they did the Stephen Curry rookie-deal extension, that’s how they did the Klay Thompson rookie-deal extension, and that’s generally how they did the Draymond Green extension this summer–hours after he had become a restricted free agent and could negotiate with other teams (but didn’t).
I’m not sure if the Warriors actually made a firm offer of four years, $64M, but Woj is the best, so I’ll absolutely presume that a GSW offer of $16M-per-year was the the working thesis for Barnes’ camp, and it was not enough–or it at least was Wechsler’s working thesis until he was fired. In that context, remember this: The Warriors just gave Green, an NBA All-Defense first-teamer, 5 years and $82M, for a $16.4M average.
The Golden State Warriors delivered forward Harrison Barnes an initial four-year, $64 million contract extension proposal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The $16 million annual offer wasn’t accepted, but appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie extensions.
The offer of $16 million per year annually – comparable to teammate Draymond Green's five-year, $82.5 million extension this summer – had been negotiated by Barnes' former agent, Jeff Wechsler. After that initial offer, Wechsler countered with a figure north of $16 million annually before he and Barnes parted ways, league sources said. Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports is representing Barnes now.
The Warriors are trying to prevent Barnes from reaching restricted free agency in July 2016, when a rising salary cap and scores of teams with financial flexibility will couple with Barnes' burgeoning talent and potential to make him a significant target on the market.
Warriors forward Harrison Barnes expressed his desire to stay with the team long-term on Thursday during an offseason when he is eligible to receive a contract extension. "I mean, we just won a championship," Barnes said. "Of course I'd love to keep this group together for many years to come, you know what I'm saying? So that's obvious."
Barnes, 23, and the Warriors face an Oct. 31 deadline for getting an extension signed. If the sides cannot reach agreement by then, he is expected to become a restricted free agent at the end of next season. Warriors owner Joe Lacob has most recently re-signed homegrown talent, giving Klay Thompson a four-year, $70 million extension and Draymond Green a five-year, $82 million contract. Barnes acknowledged that seeing his teammates get deals done gives him confidence. "Worrying about the contract and all that kind of stuff, it'll work out," Barnes said. "Joe Lacob has been obviously very vocal about keeping the team together, so therefore I'm not really too concerned about how it's going to shake out."
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