While the Warriors are already explosive with their current core, the prospect of adding the top free agent on the market would just about make Golden State an unstoppable force.
To some players on the Warriors’ current roster, they would feel a bit insulted about the team’s rumored pursuit of the Oklahoma City Thunder small forward. For Harrison Barnes, he’s not taking it personally at all, via Tim Kawakami of The San Jose Mercury News:
“You always kind of take it with a grain of salt. We’re a great team. And this is a place where people want to play now… You don’t really get too personal about it, or say, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re looking at other players.’ Because that’s how business goes.”
The 23-year-old small forward made headlines when he turned down the Warriors’ four-year, $64 million extension offer last summer. With the salary cap increasing, the University of North Carolina product could command upwards of $20 million a year this offseason.
While Barnes is certainly a nice piece as he’s averaging 11.7 points per game on 46.6 percent of his shots this year, he’s certainly a replaceable cog—especially in the event Durant becomes available.