The Dallas Mavericks have been unlucky so far this offseason with free agents such as Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, and Mike Conley signing with other teams. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Mavericks and Harrison Barnes have agreed to a four-year max contract. Will the Golden State Warriors match the offer sheet?
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Barnes has agreed to sign a four-year, $95 million deal with the Mavericks on Saturday. The contract will be finalized on July 7 when the NBA moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. The Warriors will have three days to match the offer sheet Barnes signed.
Golden State has insisted that they will match any offer sheet for the 24-year-old swingman but that will rely on Kevin Durant’s decision. Durant has told teams that he will announce the team of his choice on July 4.
Barnes had the best season of his career but he floundered in the final three games of the NBA Finals as the Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. He reportedly turned down a $64 million contract extension with Golden State last summer.
If the Warriors are able to sign Durant, Barnes is likely gone and he will become a new franchise cornerstone for the Mavericks. He will be replacing Chandler Parsons, who agreed to sign a max deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dallas has been on the decline ever since they won the 2011 NBA championship as Dirk Nowitzki gets older. However, the future Hall of Famer will continue to play as long as the Mavericks remain competitive. The signing of Barnes means the Mark Cuban is serious about being a contender again.
According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors’ Plan B after Kevin Durant is re-signing Harrison Barnes. They will also trade often-injured center Andrew Bogut and pursue Pau Gasol in free agency.
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