NBA Player Averaging 9.6 PPG, 4.6 Rebounds Just Turned Down A 4-Year, $64 Million Extension
So this is a pretty great time to be in the NBA -- just ask the Warriors' Harrison Barnes. The Golden State forward, in his fourth year, has his first shot at a huge contract, and tuned it down. How huge? A four-year, $64 million extension offered by Golden State, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
What the fungus is Barnes thinking? He's not even among the top five players on the Warriors, and with that contract would be making more than Stephen Curry. Barnes averaged 9.6 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game this past season, and shot 37 percent from the 3-point line. Decent numbers, but still ... I hate turning down $16 million per season over four years. It gives me a headache all day.
Here's what Barnes is likely gambling on: the NBA's salary cap will rise from $70 million to a projected $89 million in 2016, and that's when Barnes can become a restricted free agent. A good season in 2015-16 means he will likely get paid ... or, I mean PAID.
Still, what kind of huge anatomical maracas do you have to have to turn down $64 million? A lot can happen in the next 14 months, up to and including serious injury, or Carly Fiorina becoming President and banning all sweaty sports. Besides, even under the best-case scenario (Barnes remains healthy and has a monster season), he's still not likely to climb higher than $18 million per season under any circumstances. The Warriors' Draymond Green just signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal ($16.5 million per year), and Klay Thompson signed a four-year, $69 million contract ($17.2 million per year). Giving Barnes more would cause some hard feelings, no doubt.
After the Warriors made their initial offer to Barnes, he fired his agent, Jeff Weschler, and is now represented by Jeff Schwartz. There's an Aug. 31 deadline to get a new deal done, and it's still possible that Barnes could be on board by then for close to $16M per season.
Or not. It just goes to show how high the NBA money game has spiraled, and one has to wonder if the oxygen up there is always going to be fit for breathing.
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