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.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.