Harrison Barnes appears open to taking discount to stay at Warriors

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With 13 points in game one of the 2016 NBA Finals, Harrison Barnes played a crucial part in helping the Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What the future holds for the 24-year-old small forward beyond the Finals, however, is unclear. Barnes is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer after four seasons with the Warriors.

In comments, though, which actually referenced the Dubs' Western Conference rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, the seventh pick of the 2012 Draft certainly sounded like he is keen to stick around in the Bay Area - even if that means taking a pay cut to do so:

"You look at the Spurs, they’ve had guys that could have left multiple times," Barnes said, via The Boston Globe.

"Guys who could have commanded a lot more money, and almost 20 years later and five championships later, here are these guys. 

"When you peel away the individual stats and the money that could be made, all of that kind of pales in comparison to championships. That’s what it’s all about." 

Having shown glimpses of his potential  beyond a role-playing role during his first four years in the league, Barnes isn't likely to be short of suitors when he enters free agency this summer. 

If he is truly focussed on adding more rings to his resume, however, there aren't many places where he'll stand a better chance of doing that that at the Oracle Arena.

While he may want to stay with the Warriors in an ideal world, Golden State ultimately has the final decision, of course.

And, with speculation mounting about a run at signing Kevin Durant this summer, the arrival of the 2014 MVP would likely mean Barnes' decision was made for him.

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