Rumors and speculations are now swirling with the Los Angeles Lakers who are said to be targeting Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes to sign for the team if they failed to get their preferred superstars in the free agency market.
Barnes is set to become a restricted free agent and expected to demand a maximum salary. Many believe that the Warriors starting small forward will get a lot of suitors as soon as he declares to leave the Warriors and play for another franchise next season.
“I think he’s capable of averaging 18 a game here if the Lakers sign him and brought him here,” Thompson said via Inside the Warriors. “I think he could be more of a featured scorer, maybe a No. 2 option, maybe even a No. 1 on certain nights. He’s capable of putting up in the high-20s. He’s a very good shooter, can get to the basket, very athletic. He just hasn’t been asked to do very much in Golden State, but coming here, he’d be asked to do more, and I think he could.”
Based on a previous report, Lakers are also showing interest so sign Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the upcoming off-season. Their names may not have created much noise in the list of the incoming free agents but they were undeniably part of the reigning NBA champion and part of the team who recently beat the legendary ’95-96 Chicago Bulls record.
If the Lakers failed to get Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan, they must consider signing Barnes since they are in need of a consistent small forward for their team. Luke Walton’s former position in the Golden State Warriors can be a big factor in making Barnes sign for the Lakers.
However, the decision is still with the Warriors’ hands since Barnes is a restricted free agent. They only need to match the offer by any NBA teams that would want to sign him in the upcoming off-season to reacquire the service of Barnes.
On the other hand, the Lakers still have a lot of choices since there are many superstars who will become the free agent in the upcoming off-season. All they need is to make an intense study on how to lure their preferred players to sign for their team.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 29, 2016
Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons