Both the Golden State Warriors and forward Harrison Barnes are reportedly keen on sitting down and agreeing to a new contract extension this summer.
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The Warriors are currently three wins away from winning their first championship in 40 years, but regardless of the way the NBA Finals 2015 against the Cleveland Cavaliers go, they have some tough decisions ahead with their roster.
Draymond Green is a restricted free agent this summer but will likely sign a new deal, while David Lee will be entering the final year of his contract and it remains to be seen whether or not he is a part of the organisation’s plans moving forward.
However, on top of all that, Barnes will be eligible for an extension to his rookie contract which would result in a pay rise that would come into effect after the 2015/16 season.
Much like many notable players this year, if Barnes doesn’t sign an extension by October 31, then he will become a restricted free agent next summer and Golden State will have to decide if they want to match offers.
“Harrison Barnes, who once again has shined in the postseason, is due for a contract extension this offseason. And the Warriors should be diligent about making sure he gets it,” the Bay Area News Group reported.
“According to multiple sources, Barnes indeed wants an extension and the Warriors want to give him one. The only question is how much will he get.”
Since the arrival of Steve Kerr last summer, the 23-year-old has had his confidence restored after being moved back into the starting line-up which has resulted in key performances both as a scorer and defender.
Nevertheless, the Warriors will need to plan their finances carefully ahead of the salary cap rise next summer as the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut all take up a significant amount of their resources.
Barnes will likely remain an appealing and moveable asset moving forward, but the Warriors would be making a big statement about their future plans if Green receives a max deal and his teammate follows suit by signing on to a new contract to keep this core together for more title pushes.