Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Philadelphia 76ers might be one of the few teams willing to pay Barnes a max contract this summer.
The 24-year-old missed 16 games in the regular season due to an ankle injury but he registered career-high in points with 11.7 in 30.9 minutes per game. He reportedly turned down a four-year, $64 million earlier in the season, as he can earn as much as $21 million annually if he explores free agency.
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According to Chris Crouse of Hoops Rumors, the Sixers have the money to offer Barnes a four-year, max deal this summer. It will be a great deal for Philadelphia since the team will be getting a player who can score and has championship experience.
They will also have Ben Simmons on a rookie scale deal for four seasons which is perfect considering Barnes’ possible deal expires at the same time. The Process is over in Philadelphia as new general manager Bryan Colangelo has made it clear that they want to win as many games as possible next season.
However, Barnes has expressed his desire to stay in Golden State but also accepted the fact that there are factors that can cause him to sign with another team. That factor is the rumored interest of the Warriors in Kevin Durant and the big extension for Stephen Curry in 2017.
“It’s out of my control. People say, ‘Do you want to be here in Golden State?’ A lot of it is, look, I love Golden State. I’d love to be here. But there’s also some other factors that factor into that, you know what I’m saying?” Barnes said in an interview with Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.
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Nonetheless, the 73-win Warriors’ core will not be the same next season with the pending free agency of several key role players. Besides the Sixers, Barnes has been linked with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers.
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