NBA Trade Rumors: Harrison Barnes On The Block?

Feb 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) moves past Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Heat defeated the Warriors 111-110. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 24 hours before the NBA’s Thursday noon Pacific trade deadline, rumors are circulating that the Golden State Warriors are shopping second-year forward Harrison Barnes.

The 21-year-old was taken seventh overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Warriors out of North Carolina and is averaging 10.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 41.6 percent shooting (40.9 percent from 3-point range) in 29.2 minutes a game.

That compares to 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 43.9 percent shooting—35.9 percent from deep—in 81 starts and 25.4 minutes a game as a rookie last season.

Ric Bucher, NBA National Columnist for Bleacher Report, wrote Tuesday that Golden State would like to upgrade without blowing up what it already has assembled.

“Don’t close the door on a possible return of Jarrett Jack, one source said, suggesting that the Cavs would help their campaign to retain Kyrie Irving by acquiring Harrison Barnes, who Irving stumped for before the draft. Knowing the familiarity between (Warriors owner Joe) Lacob and (Boston Celtics general manager Danny) Ainge, I’d be surprised if a (Jeff) Green-for-Barnes-centered swap wasn’t at least broached as well,” Bucher wrote.

ESPN Insider Chad Ford, meanwhile, touched on a similar topic in reply to a question in a chat session Wednesday. Ford’s reply to a question about whether the Warriors would move Barnes and the trade exception they received for Richard Jefferson for Luol Deng:

“That’s a good question. The Warriors want to win now and Barnes has struggled coming off the bench. Not sure who would go to the bench in that scenario. I’ve been told that preferably the Warriors find a big time power forward—Kevin Love is the ideal. But it’s doubtful they can get him for a combo of Barnes and David Lee. Would probably take Klay Thompson as well and that’s probably too high a price for the Warriors. But a number of younger players like the Pistons’ Greg Monroe, the Sixers’ Thaddeus Young, the Cavs’ Tristan Thompson, the Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried, the Bucks’ John Henson and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson all intrigue the Warriors. They are telling Barnes and everyone he isn’t available, but they aren’t exactly hanging up the phone when GMs have called.”

At least one Cleveland-based sports site ran with the Jack-for-Barnes talk, but it was quickly debunked by Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe, both in the Twitterverse:

 

I’d be surprised if the Warriors moved Barnes—certainly for as little in return as Jack—but if an offer that can’t be refused were to come down the pipeline, that would be something else.

Deng isn’t interested in signing a long-term extension prior to testing free agency this summer, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, making a trade for Deng unlikely.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes, NBA Trade Rumors

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  • Jeff Steinbeck

    Let me be the first to say, if Golden State, and I’ve been following this team since 1975, that if they trade another first round, strong young player, for old meat…The Warriors aren’t getting in to the playoffs this year. That would be for sheer stupidity on their part. Think about this, Igoudala has been awful in the last two months of the season, which saw the Dub’s go from a tie for first, to six games out, barely in front of an aging Maverick team, which coincidentally is surging, or staying alive at least, thanks to the strong play of…former first round pick, Brandan Wright, who the W’s foolishly gave up on. And the W’s gave up on Anthony Randolph, another former 1st round pick, who’s now succeeding w/ the Nuggets.
    Igoudala has been surprisingly weak on the offense…less than 10 ppg, and many nights, not even that.
    His defense is avg at best. Yes, Ig has won 2 last 2nd games…but he allowed LeBron to beat the Dub’s in that last game…why was LeBron allowed to take the shot, why didn’t Ig. cut off his shooting lane…so many scenarios could have prevented that shot from beating them. Anyhow, Harrison Barnes is a strong player, and one day he’ll score 20 PPG, if the W’s trade him, they’re absolute idiots.

    • Phil Watson

      Getting Steve Blake for nothing out of the rotation sounds like a much better deal than moving Barnes.

  • Jeff Steinbeck

    Yes, the W’s need Jarret Jack, but you don’t need to trade Barnes to get him. One draft pick and you’re good. Jack was comfortable in a W’r uni…I’m sure he wouldn’t mind coming back.