Before the end of October, the Warriors will be forced to make a decision on Harrison Barnes‘ future with the team. He can either sign an extension by October 31 or he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Barnes has said that he wants to stay with the Warriors long-term. Ahead of that extension deadline, Barnes has switched to a more high-profile agent. Marc Spears of Yahoo reports that Barnes is ditching Jeffrey Wechsler of 24/7 Sports Management and going with Jeff Schwartz of Excel, whose clients include Kevin Love and Blake Griffin.
It will be interesting to see how Barnes’ extension talks unfold. He’s an important piece for the Warriors, but unless they can get him at a discount, committing to him now could hurt their flexibility next summer, when Kevin Durant is on the table. If the Warriors want to get in on that sweepstakes, they might be better off waiting and seeing what Barnes’ value is on the open market.