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NBA Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors To Let Go of Harrison Barnes In Exchange of Justin Anderson

( [email protected] ) Oct 22, 2015 02:34 PM EDT
For asking salary almost double than its current superstar, small forward Harrison Barnes is rumored to face the prospect of parting with the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and become a free agent.
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He may be talented, but he is asking too much.

For asking salary almost double than its current superstar, small forward Harrison Barnes is rumored to face the prospect of parting with the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and become a free agent.

However, Barnes will not be without a team as the player-strapped Dallas Mavericks is reported to be interested in getting his services should the Warriors placed him on the free agency list.

According to a report by Grantland, Barnes is asking too much, or roughly $23 million in his desire to get the max deal for a small forward this season. However, the amount is almost double than what Steph Curry, the 2014-2015 NBA's Most Valuable Player and without doubt a key instrument in giving the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years.

The report said the Warriors would rather trade Barnes than to overpay him.

Indeed, the Warriors value Barnes' contributions to the team. He is considered the best player of the team after Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but his asking salary does not only suit well with the "Scrooge" management of the Warriors, the team's fans are also uncomfortable giving more money to him than to its star player, Curry.

The management is trying to avoid an embarrassing scenario and further disagreement amongst the Warriors fans by considering trading Barnes Brandon Rush for Justin Anderson and Raymond Felton of the Dallas Mavericks, reported Movie News Guide.

As it is, the Warriors do not want to pay too much to a player with an unproven track record despite acknowledging that Barnes is important for the team's upcoming NBA campaign.

Meanwhile, with the 2014-2015 NBA championship still fresh on their minds, the Golden State Warriors are determined to make their NBA title into the next dynasty in the world's biggest basketball league.

Paul Suttor, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald said that the current roster of the Golden State Warriors is capable of accomplishing that feat and prevail as the 2015-16 NBA champions.

Suttor writes, "After sweeping all before them to win the NBA championship last season, Golden State Warriors are perfectly positioned to not only defend their title but rack up multiple trophies over the next few years.

"Despite their 67-win season and memorable surge through the playoffs to lift the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy, the Warriors are somehow still viewed in some quarters as lucky champions because other teams fell over late in the season or suffered injuries."

Steph Curry summed it up best recently with his sarcastic mea culpa: "I just want to say, I apologize for us being healthy. I apologize for us playing who's in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we've received as a team and individually. I'm very, truly sorry. We'll rectify that situation this year."

Suttor continued, "Barring a disaster, the Warriors should smash their opposition in the Pacific Division this season, with the LA Clippers the only other team likely to be joining them in the playoffs. The Kings, Lakers and Suns are in a state of flux which will be entertaining but not yield enough wins to translate into post-season appearances."

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