Report: Mavs intend to sign Warriors' Barnes to max offer sheet


Report: Mavs intend to sign Warriors' Barnes to max offer sheet

While the Warriors await a decision by Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes reportedly will receive from Dallas an offer sheet he could sign as early Thursday night.

This is something the Warriors expected, and it will not change their plans.

Trying to get past a couple recent free-agent spurns, the Mavericks, according to ESPN, are prepared to hand Barnes a four-year deal just north of $94 million.

The Warriors, knowing full well it could cost them upwards of $22 million per year, have said they intend to match any offer Barnes gets.

They likely will, because retaining Barnes gives them the flexibility to either keep him around or trade him. That makes the most sense, for Barnes is part of their Death Lineup, and he’d be hard to replace by any combo forward still available.

Chandler Parsons apparently has chosen the Grizzlies. Luol Deng apparently is headed for the Lakers. Marvin Williams and Nic Batum have agreed to return to the Hornets. Jared Dudley apparently is headed to the Suns, with Solomon Hill going back to the Pacers.

Of those still without a commitment – as if Saturday night – most are more suited for power forward. There’s Dirk Nowitzki and David West and, well, not much else.

Except, of course, Durant.

If Durant decides to come to the Warriors, no problem. He replaces Barnes and the Warriors get better.

If Durant goes back to Oklahoma City, as is generally anticipated, or elsewhere, the Warriors come back to Barnes. If Durant decides before Thursday, as expected, the Warriors can go to Barnes with an offer before he receives anything from Dallas.

Barnes has said his preference is to stay in Oakland. If Durant decides not to come to the Warriors, it won’t take long to see if he meant what he said.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.