Mavs Sign Harrison Barnes To Four-Year Deal

THURSDAY: Barnes is officially a Maverick, tweeting out a photo that shows him formally signing his new contract early on Thursday morning.

MONDAY: With Harrison Barnes poised to be renounced by the Warriors and reach unrestricted free agency, he and the Mavericks have reached a verbal agreement on a four-year, $94MM contract, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter). The Warriors’ agreement with Kevin Durant opened the door for Dallas to secure a commitment from Barnes without having to worry about Golden State matching an offer sheet.NBA: Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns

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Barnes, 24, had been with the Warriors since the team drafted him in 2012. The former seventh overall pick turned down a reported $64MM extension offer prior to the 2015/16 season, and is now in position to make an additional $30MM over the several years because of that decision.

Barnes has been a solid rotational piece for the Warriors throughout his first four NBA seasons, shooting 37.6% on three-pointers and averaging double-digits in points for his career. However, he was inconsistent in the playoffs, no-showing in some key games down the stretch for Golden State. In the NBA Finals, Barnes shot just 35.2% from the floor, including 31.0% from three-point range, and many of those attempts were uncontested.

Still, Barnes was never really more than the fourth option on offense in Golden State — he’ll almost certainly have a larger role in the offense in Dallas, and will get a chance to show that there’s still room for improvement in his production. The UNC product will replace Chandler Parsons at small forward for the Mavericks, after Parsons reached a deal to join the Grizzlies earlier in free agency.

The Mavs had been prepared to sign Barnes to an offer sheet before word broke that the Warriors would be making him an unrestricted free agent.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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15 thoughts on “Mavs Sign Harrison Barnes To Four-Year Deal

  1. Z.....

    so they end up with Deron Williams, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk, and Bogut…Justin Anderson, Devin Harris, Dwight Powell, JJ Barea off the bench, so far….They still need another 2 guard, and more overall depth, but after everything, they end up lucking out with a pretty good looking roster in general. They filled their biggest need, which was on the wing. There are still better teams out there, obviously, so it will be interesting to see where this team ends up in the West.

      • frg214

        For sure was hoping the Mavs would just piece together a scrub team on 1 year deals and try to get a high draft pick. They need a star bad and unless they sign Westbrook next year they need to just rebuild. Hey Russell is a cowboys fan so who knows

        • LeBron is a cowboys fan but I don’t think he’s bolting to the Mavs since they play in the same city.

        • choo7

          Yeah but Cuban said “Durant is the only superstar on the Thunder” during the playoffs so hopefully that doesn’t change anything

      • Z.....

        Well Harrison Barnes certainly has potential to be a very good piece. He’ll obviously have a bigger role. Some people would argue that he is actually more of a 2, and we all obviously know that he can also play the 3 and 4 spots. He is a good 2 way player. I’m interested to see what he does with this opportunity

        • lakersfan27

          He’s not a star though, and if you don’t have at least one you are on the outside looking in. With the new collective bargaining agreement you have to draft and develop your own before you can draw one to your team in free agency. They are going to be good enough to never really be in the mix. They will slowly fade away. This year they will have to fight just to get into the back end of the playoffs.

  2. monroekfv

    I’m just glad it wasn’t the Magic that gave him the money. What a waste.

  3. frg214

    Honestly Barnes is a better choice over parsons. With the injury history and just injury prone in general Barnes is a better choice and fit. Essentially the same can hit 3’s but can defend which is essential in playing Carlisle basketball which parsons was a liability. Still a lot of money to give but I guess it’s got to be spent..

    • Priggs89

      “Can hit 3’s but can defend which is essential in playing Carlisle basketball”

      I’m pretty sure you can say that about any coach, not just Carlisle…

  4. As a warriors fan here, I was hoping HB would break out in some way while with the Warriors, but I knew with Steph, Klay and Dray taking their shots that it was never going to happen. Only by playing for another team could he have a chance to get his shots and have a chance to break out. I’m happy we got KD, but I am also happy for HB getting a chance to prove himself on a new team. So for all Mavs fans, you are getting a hard working player who is mature beyond his years and is only going to get better each and every year. For that, I thank him and wish him well in Dallas.

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