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Kevin Durant chooses Golden State Warriors


Mavericks setting sights on Barnes

Dallas is also getting Andrew Bogut from Golden State in a trade also sparked by cap needs over the Durant agreement.

The Mavericks signed free agent forward Harrison Barnes to a four-year, $94 million maximum contract as soon as the rules allowed, with a lighthearted poke at the drama that cost them DeAndre Jordan last year. But because Barnes is a restricted free agent, Golden State has the right to match any offer from other teams.

Barnes had his best production as a pro this past season, averaging 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 66 games.

The huge, guaranteed contracts are now the new normal in the National Basketball Association thanks to the league’s multi-billion dollar television deal that exploded the salary cap this year and should push it up again next year to approximately $110 million, according to the Post. Unfortunately, their third leading scorer, Chandler Parsons, opted out of his contract, and Zaza Pachulia and Dirk Nowitzki became free agents.

After all the moving and shaking, the Warriors will have the league’s best top-six rotation with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Durant, Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston. If the deals push through, Mavericks will parade Golden State former frontcourt David Lee, Bogut and Barnes.

The Durant deal basically made moving Andrew Bogut an inevitability, given his contract.

Bogut has been with the Warriors for the past four seasons, making the finals with them twice, winning one championship. The unrestricted Barnes quickly met with the Mavericks and verbally agreed to terms after Dallas had planned to offer him a max-level offer sheet on July 7 when the NBA’s moratorium was lifted. Let’s start by comparing Bradley Beal, who recieved a max 5 year, $128 million deal to Harrison Barnes.

Bogut will make $14.59 million in the coming season in what was the final year of his three-year contract. “They have a good group of guys good character guys-I am excited to work and I think they will appreciate that and hopefully it will go smoothly”. Starting in 69 of those games, he averaged 8.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 0.3 blocks over the course of 26.4 minutes per contest. CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole, citing two sources, suggested Golden State would prefer to keep back-up centre Festus Ezeli over the Australian, because of growing frustration over his performance and durability.