Harrison Barnes, SF, Golden State Warriors
Harrison Barnes is a restricted free agent, but it’s widely anticipated that the Warriors won’t match the substantial offer he’ll receive.
When Barnes turned down a four-year, $64 million contract extension, it effectively confirmed that he expected to be paid a maximum salary in the area of roughly $20 million per season.
That kind of a commitment to such an unproven player would be a huge risk for any team, but especially so for one in as dire straits as the Knicks.
It’s a fair one.
Barnes’ greatest value right now is his three-point shooting — 37.6 percent for his career — and his untapped potential. If the Knicks were to sign Barnes, they’d be paying for what they hope he can be.
Could Harrison Barnes be the sharp-shooting, versatile small forward to Carmelo Anthony‘s stretch four? As interesting as that sounds, it’s likely just a pipe dream.
Small forward isn’t a position of need so Barnes is a long shot at best for the Knicks to consider. They should be watching the talented 24-year-old nevertheless.