Golden State Warriors have offered forward Harrison Barnes a new deal to stay with the team for another four years.
The NBA Champions have offered the 23-year-old a new four-year deal worth $64 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
They're trying to secure the promising player's services before he hits the free agency next July.
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Wojnarowski said: "The $16 million annual offer wasn’t accepted, but appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie extensions."
And according to Bobby Marks, this is a wise move by the Warriors, ahead of the rising cap in 2016/17.
There isn't a guarantee that there would be a replacement for Barnes if he was allowed to hit the free agency, which is why it's important for the current NBA Champions to acquire his signature.
Marks said on his Twitter account: "Barnes at 16m per year would allow @warriors to stay under the tax in 16-17 and allow them re-sign Curry in 17-18 and still have $ for FA".
Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season and finished as one of the league's most productive players. He is an important player for the Warriors, and they should be able to work out a deal before the October 31 deadline.
Some may say he is worth more than $16 million a year and some teams may be able to offer the forward more money, raising a question if he will be a Warriors player at the end of next season.
If no deal is signed by the October deadline, the forward will become a restricted free agent next summer.