The Cleveland Cavaliers passed on Harrison Barnes to draft guard Dion Waiters in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Although the Cavaliers seemingly now plan on keeping Waiters past the deadline, they would love to add Barnes to Waiters on the wing and keep a young core of Waiters, Barnes, power forward Tristan Thompson and star point guard Kyrie Irving.
They believe Barnes could help them eventually retain Irving even after Luol Deng potentially leaves the team either via trade in the next 18 or so hours or via free agency in the summer.
That, however does not seem likely to happen. At least not right now.
Am told reports of Dubs and Cavs being “close” on a Harrison Barnes-centric deal are not accurate. At least for now.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 20, 2014
The proposed deal involves point guard Jarrett Jack, who the Warriors would to use as a backup to point guard Stephen Curry and potentially play alongside Curry when shooting guard Klay Thompson is out of the game.
Although the Warriors don’t need Barnes after signing Andre Iguodala in the offseason, they are probably looking for more in return for the seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft.
Barnes is averaging 10.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while Jack is putting up 8.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.