The offer wasn’t accepted, Wojnarowski adds, but this appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the November 2nd deadline for rookie extensions. Golden State has been reportedly seeking a deal with Barnes and fellow extension-eligible Festus Ezeli.
The offer of $16MM per year annually had been negotiated by Barnes’ former agent, Jeff Wechsler, according to Wojnarowski. After that initial offer, Wechsler countered with a figure north of $16MM annually before he and Barnes parted ways, league sources told Wojnarowski. Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports is representing Barnes now. Former Nets executive Bobby Marks tweets that the proposed deal would allow the Warriors to stay under the tax in the 2016/17 season and allow them to re-sign Stephen Curry in 2017/18 and still have money left for free agents.