Harrison Barnes earned his maximum contract this summer and he is pressured to perform well in the 2016-2017 NBA Season to prove that he deserves the huge deal he got from the Dallas Mavericks. NBA rumors and speculations claim that he can be the next NBA superstar, will he become one, or will he be another overpaid player in the league?
With the Golden State Warriors choosing to sign superstar Kevin Durant, Barnes was free to sign with any team he wants in the 2016 offseason and chose the Mavericks.
The versatile forward signed a four-year deal worth $94.4 million and Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle challenged him to perform on what is expected of him because of the huge contract.
“I talked to him this summer a lot about that. The bottom line is that it’s a challenge that he’s got to love to take on. The important thing is that an elevation in responsibility comes at the right rate,” the long-time Mavericks coach said to ESPN.com about talking with Barnes on his new role in Dallas.
Barnes was a good player in Golden State but had to take the backseat with lots of NBA All-Stars at the team. He was the fourth option on offense behind two-time MVP Stephen Curry and stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
In four years with the Warriors, Barnes averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 rebound and 1.8 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. Barnes started most games and he’s valued by the Warriors because of his ability to make the outside shot from the power forward position.
Barnes will be joined in the starting line-up in Dallas by Warriors teammate Andrew Bogut, Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews. Barnes will be among the first options in the Mavericks’ offense.
There are rumors that if he were not playing behind All-Stars Curry, Thompson and Green, he’d be able to produce more. The 24-year-old Barnes will now have that chance in Dallas.
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