The Golden State Warriors failed to finish off a record-setting 73-win season after the fell at the final hurdle in the NBA Finals only two weeks ago.
The Dubs would have won successive NBA championships if they had managed to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, and after holding a 3-1 lead in the series, they looked set to do just that.
However, a spectacular collapse in the fact of an inspired LeBron James saw Golden State lose the series in seven games and left wondering how they went from, possibly, the greatest side in history to nearly men.
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Could it just be that King James' greatness produced a once in a lifetime cocktail to dethrone the Warriors? Or were Steve Kerr's troops simply not good enough to go all the way?
However one looks at it, the Warriors have begun dissecting what went wrong and how they can come back stronger next season.
Part of that process is identifying who to keep and who can leave. Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes are two players who are restricted free agents this summer, meaning the Warriors can match any offer the duo receive.
But will they? The Warriors are yet to make their intentions known, but, their starting small forward Barnes certainly has.
"The first thing is I want to come back," Barnes said when asked about what he'll be looking for as a free agent Monday, per SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Barnes endured a truly tough time in the NBA Finals as he went 0-for-8 from the field and 0-for-5 from three-point range in game six. After recording no points in that defeat, Barnes then only managed 3-for-10 from the field in game seven and 2-for-4 three-pointers to record 10 points.
That's hardly max-contract form, but it has been speculated that Barnes could receive offers in the region of $20 million this summer.
On June 4, the 24-year-old wing was asked about his line of thinking regarding free agency, per NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper.
"It's out of my control," Barnes said. "People say, 'Do you want to be here in Golden State?' A lot of it is, look, I love Golden State. I'd love to be here. But there's also some other factors that factor into that. You know what I'm saying?"
One of those factors, whether Barnes intentionally alluded to it or not, will be the Warriors pursuit of free agent small forward Kevin Durant.
According to reports, the 2014 MVP has already granted the Dubs a sit-down meeting in free agency and that would surely spell the end for Barnes not only in the rotation, but there would be no room for his salary on the books either.
Some might say Barnes has been an unsung hero in Golden State's success, should they retain him?