Rumors and speculations are now swirling around Harrison Barnes regarding his offseason plans when he becomes a free agent on July 1. Will he re-sign with the Golden State Warriors or play for another team next season?
The Golden State Warriors are one win away before having their second consecutive championship title. However, the Warriors are threatened to lose one of their key players in the upcoming free agency. According to a report from Lakers Nation, Warriors owner Joe Jacob stated that money will not be a problem in retaining Harrison Barnes.
“I think that all along that they were not going to let him go unless they fell down and didn’t win it all. It might just be that they’re trying to push down offers, but that’s the message.”
However, Sean Deveney of Sporting News revealed that the Warriors management is willing to free Barnes if he approaches the Warriors’ front office and asked them to let him go.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the teams that are reportedly pursuing Harrison Barnes in free agency. The Lakers have enough salary cap to sign two maximum-salaried players so it will not be a problem giving Barnes a maximum contract. There are speculations that coach Luke Walton are already having talks with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli to join the Lakers next season.
However, Harrison Barnes is not giving any hints if he will be leaving the Golden State Warriors for a rebuilding team next season. With the Warriors current success, luring Barnes will be one of the most difficult tasks this offseason as hard as luring Kevin Durant to sign with the Lakers.
Still, things are expected to change if the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to bounce back in the best-of-seven series and beat the Golden State Warriors to claim their first NBA championship title. Losing in the NBA Finals may make the Warriors think of improving their roster especially now that Kevin Durant is available in the free agency market.
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