Golden State Warriors’ forward Harrison Barnes entered college with quite the hype.
Once he stepped foot on the North Carolina Tar Heels’ campus, he was named a preseason All-American. Although Barnes never quite lived up to that billing, but had a nice two-year career with the Tar Heels before being drafted by the Warriors with the seventh-overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. Barnes wasn’t that productive during his rookie year – he averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, but really upped those numbers in the postseason, going for 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
However, the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala last offseason and Barnes again saw his minutes and production shrink.
It looks like the Warriors may finally be ready to give up on Barnes and move him for another asset. Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports the Warriors are shopping Barnes for a first round pick since they do not have one this year.
The Timberwolves are also interested in Barnes as part of a potential Kevin Love deal.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors, while they covet Love greatly, have been weighing internally whether they’re prepared to give up two such assets in addition to former All-Star forward David Lee for Love and Wolves swingman Kevin Martin.
Sources say the Wolves also have expressed interest in Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, with various trade constructions being exchanged by the teams in recent days as next Thursday’s draft draws near.
Barnes put up 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 39.9% from the field, 34.7% from beyond the arc and 71.8% from the free throw line.