Golden State has some players to move to clear out enough cap space to sign Kevin Durant. The Warriors will renounce the rights to Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes, making them both free agents — Barnes has reached an agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a $94.4 million max deal.
Andrew Bogut is going to join him in Dallas.
Not long after the Durant decision the Warriors and Mavericks started talking — Dallas wants a center, and becuse they are well below the salary cap they could absorb Bogut’s $11 million salary for next season and send nothing back. The two sides have reached an understanding, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had been reporting all along this would happen.
For Dallas, it makes them a playoff team in the West, starting Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Bogut. For a team that started free agency being used as leverage by Hassan Whiteside, Nicolas Batum, and Mike Conley, they have landed on their feet with a solid team.
If I need to explain to you why the Warriors are doing this, you’ve been drinking too much on the Fourth.