Philadelphia 76ers want to take Harrison Barnes from the Golden State Warriors

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The future of Kevin Durant is dominating the world of basketball at the minute.

The 2014 MVP has arranged sit down meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers to discuss plans for next season. New York's recent acquisition of Derrick Rose has also earned attractive glances from the forward and his team.

However, the 27-year-old's future has also left a number of players in limbo as their current organisations weigh up the cost of going all out to bring in Durant.

Golden State - defeated finalists after an incredible seven-game slog with the Cleveland Cavaliers - are reportedly ready to go all in for KD, but that has left the futures of Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Shaun Livingston in the air.

A deal for Durant would see the Warriors forced to offload some of their role players, and it appears the Philadelphia 76ers are keen on taking Barnes to the Wells Fargo Center.

ESPN are reporting, via league sources, that the Eastern Conference franchise, who finished with a 10-62 record last season, will make a big push in an attempt to entice the small forward from the Bay Area.

There was talk that Barnes would command a max contract following his exploits with the Warriors in the regular season, however, his performance in the Finals - where he went 5-32 from the field in games 5-7 - have put that suggestion in doubt.

Although, there are likely to be teams out there who will offer the 24-year-old what he wants. With Philly making a concerted push to win more games in 2016/17, Barnes could bring valuable experience to what is a young but extremely exciting roster.

It has also been claimed this week that the Dubs are keen to retain Barnes and pick up a proven big man in free agency - such as Pau Gasol or Joakim Noah - if they fail to win the race for Durant.

The NBA's annual moratorium on trades and signings is lifted on July 8. If the current Golden State man decides to sign an offer sheet with another franchise then the Dubs would have three days to match the deal and keep him on the west coast.

Barnes has insisted he would like to remain with the Oakland-based team, but the lure of KD could convince the franchise it is time to bring their relationship to an end.

A four-year deal for the North Carolina product would cost the Sixers more than $90 million but the organisation has to spend over $40 million before the climax of next season if they are to surpass the NBA's projected salary floor of $80-plus million.

There are sure to be others interested, but it seems Philly are the front runners for HB as it stands.

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