Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is eligible for a contract extension this summer and would like to remain with the defending champions long term, but the 23-year-old isn’t concerned about his contract situation, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
Barnes has seen teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson get huge new deals the past two offseasons, giving him confidence that he’ll get his new contract at some point, whether that’s this summer or next summer when he’s a restricted free agent:
“Worrying about the contract and all that kind of stuff, it’ll work out,” Barnes said.
“Joe Lacob has been obviously very vocal about keeping the team together, so therefore I’m not really too concerned about how it’s going to shake out.”
Barnes took over Andre Iguodala‘s spot in the starting lineup this past season, and the youngster had the most productive year of his career, averaging a career-high 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. He shot 48.2 percent overall and 40.5 percent from three, also career bests. His efficiency came down a bit in the postseason, but he still put up solid numbers and helped close out the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors have a lot of money invested in Green and Thompson moving forward, and Stephen Curry will be due a max contract in 2017. However, the rising salary cap will make giving Barnes a nice contract more palatable, so the two sides will do what they can to get a new deal done.