Add this to the list of things waiting on Kevin Durant‘s decision.
Golden State’s starting wing and restricted free agent Harrison Barnes has agreed to sign a max offer sheet of $94.4 million with the Dallas Mavericks, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The key here is Golden State has the right to match, and whether they do or not will hinge on whether they land Durant or not.
Barnes can’t sign the offer sheet until July 7, and then the Warriors have three days to match. Durant leaves for a shoe-company tour of the Far East on July 9, he will have signed by then, so the Warriors will know their move.
It’s not a bad play by the Mavericks — Barnes is a good defender, is long and athletic, can run the floor, and he can hit threes (38.3 percent in the regular season). Don’t let his Finals shooting slump fool you, this is a player good enough that Mike Krzyzewski wanted him on Team USA this summer (that’s a Duke coach taking a North Carolina player, he’s that good). How Barnes will do with more offensive responsibility (no Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson opening up the floor for him) is up for debate, but Barnes can play.
Most likely Durant stays, and not long after that the Warriors match the offer. But it’s a good gamble by the Mavericks after they missed out on their other targets.