The Golden State Warriors have officially extended qualifying offers to both Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli.

In layman terms, it is a one year offer in the amount comparable to their rookie contract terms.

By extending qualifying offers to them, the Warriors have made Barnes and Ezeli restricted free agents, and the Warriors will own the right to match any offer sheet they may receive from another team.

Most NBA teams use this method to let market offers dictate what that player contract amount is worth.

This puts the ball in Barnes and Ezeli's court to see how much they'll be offered elsewhere, before the Warriors ultimately choose if they want to match that price.

Ezeli averaged four points, four rebounds and a block in his two year career with the Warriors, while Barnes has averaged 10 points, one assist and four rebounds per game in his four years in Golden State.

Barnes declined a contract extension worth $64 million over 4 years, looking for a bigger pay day. During the 2016 NBA Finals, both Barnes and Ezeli had less than stellar performances that may have hurt their chances of securing max deals.

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