The Golden State Warriors’ top priority these days is convincing Kevin Durant to sign on the dotted line, but in case they swing and miss, restricted free agent Harrison Barnes says he’d be happy to re-join the 2015 NBA champs.
Barnes will reportedly be hearing from the Philadelphia Sixers once the free agency marketplace opens Friday.
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) June 27, 2016
The Sixers plan to be serious suitors for Golden State restricted free agent Harrison Barnes at the start of free agency, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 28, 2016
The Dubs will also be looking for a big man this summer:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers have Barnes high on their list of potential targets and know the Warriors will not be able to retain him — despite their right to match any offer Barnes gets — if Golden State manages to win the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.
Sources said Tuesday that the Warriors, however, rate keeping Barnes as a top priority in the event they are unable to lure Durant away from the Thunder.
The Warriors would also like to retain free-agent center Festus Ezeli, but how they fare in the Durant chase will play a big role in determining his fate. […] A four-year max deal for Barnes would cost the Sixers in excess of $90 million, but Philadelphia must spend more than $40 million before the end of the next season to reach the league’s projected salary floor of $80-plus million. It is also conceivable, if things get that far, that Philadelphia and Golden State could strike a sign-and-trade arrangement if the Sixers sign Barnes to an offer sheet and the Warriors decide not to match.