The Dallas Mavericks will start its regular NBA season campaign in Phoenix next week when they take on the Phoenix Suns led by Tyson Chandler. But while the Mavs 15-man roster is almost complete, the team is still one-man short and is in no way ready for the National Basketball Association's regular season.
The Mavs are missing some of their key players who are still recovering from injuries. And even if some of them return to the court, the Mavs are still far from being close to mid-season form.
Which was why the Dallas Mavericks are trying to make a last-minute acquisition with Harrison Barnes from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Justin Anderson.
Barnes is a very talented small forward and is the fourth option for the Golden State Warriors behind Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, Yibada said.
But Grantland reported that Barnes is asking too much money that will make him the highest paid player in the team. Zach Lowe writes, "Barnes is right to bet on someone offering him a max deal - averaging as much as $23 million per season - if he gets to free agency. There is too much cap money for a blah free-agent class."
Indeed, Barnes asking salary is almost double the amount paid the 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry, and that idea does not sit well with fans of the Golden State Warriors.
Trying to avoid such a sticky situation that could further lead to disagreements amongst the Warriors fans, there have been trade rumors that will ship Harrison Barnes and Brandon Rush for Justin Anderson and Raymond Felton of the Dallas Mavericks.
"Harrison Barnes and Brandon Rush for Justin Anderson and Raymond Felton I'm not even going into Felton, needless to say, he would be waived," Lowe added.
And since the Mavs' roster is depleted because of injuries, the prospect of acquiring the talented Barnes is tempting despite looking at the scenario of losing Anderson, the 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Lower further added, "Anderson can slot straight into Barnes' starting slot, and the rest of the Warriors don't skip a beat, Iguodala can stay on the bench as the sixth man and offer guidance for the rook. It may free up a couple more minutes for Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo that otherwise wouldn't be available. Barnes salary demands become Cubans problem."