Harrison Barnes is eligible to sign a contract extension up until Oct. 31, and the 23-year-old has rejected a four-year, $64 million offer from the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Interestingly enough, Barnes just changed agents. This initial contract offer was made when Barnes was represented by Jeff Wechsler, the forward’s former agent. Wechsler came back to the Warriors with a counteroffer before he and Barnes parted ways. Jeff Schwartz now represents Barnes.
Barnes was a solid contributor during Golden State’s run to the championship this past season, averaging 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 48.2 percent overall and 40.5 percent from three. He posted similar averages in the postseason, although his efficiency dipped a bit.
Barnes has shown flashes of being a big-time player, although there are questions about how much better he’ll get. In his current situation, it’s unlikely Barnes gets a much bigger opportunity unless there are serious injuries to the Warriors’ star players.
Golden State wants to keep Barnes around, but with big money going to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green the past two summers plus a massive new contract for Stephen Curry on the horizon, they have to be wary about paying too much for a guy who may never be more than a role player for them, even with the salary cap blowing up.