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Bogut: Harrison Barnes will get max deal from somebody

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Bogut: Harrison Barnes will get max deal from somebody

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OAKLAND – Slumping on offense in March after missing five weeks in the middle of season are not exactly what Harrison Barnes hoped for this season.

The Warriors forward is, after all, going to be a restricted free agent in July.

Is there a chance his season of struggle amidst the outstanding play of the Warriors will reduce the market for Barnes’ services? Not if you ask teammate Andrew Bogut.

“Somebody’s going to give him the max,” Bogut said Tuesday, after the team’s morning shootaround. “Let’s be honest: Someone’s going to give him close to the max. There’s always a small-market team that would love a guy like Harrison as their No. 1 or No. 2 option.

“So I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on his financial future.”

In his fourth season, Barnes last summer reportedly rejected an offer from the Warriors said to be worth $64 million over four years. That would have put Barnes’ salary in the same sphere as those of All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Barnes, 23, entered the season hoping to establish himself as a player who could command as much as $20 million per season, approaching the maximum, when the luxury-tax threshold rises this summer and takes an ever bigger jump next summer.

Barnes hasn’t performed particularly well. He’s averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He sprained an ankle in late November and returned Jan. 4 but has had only one 20-point game since. He’s shooting 38.9 percent in March and his Player Efficiency Rating (12.07) has dropped to 13th on the team.

All of which has led to speculation that Barnes’ salary desires are becoming less realistic.

“I don’t buy into all of that,” Bogut said. “We’re winning, a lot of guys are sacrificing numbers and minutes and roles on this team. And that’s why we’re a great team. Harrison’s had great games. He’s had bad games, just like everybody else on this roster. So I don’t anticipate it affecting his contract situation.”

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

James Harden scored 29 points on 16 field-goal attempts the last time the Warriors faced the Houston Rockets back on Feb. 20. Houston won that game 135-105, and it sounds like Golden State's Juan Toscano-Anderson was looking forward to the rematch.

With the NBA season indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors have some free time on their hands. Toscano-Anderson made use of it by holding a Q&A on Twitter on Saturday night, at which time he was asked which player -- whether teammate or opponent -- he was most looking forward to playing with or against when the season starts back up.

Toscano-Anderson provided multiple answers.

"Excited to get our whole team back to full strength," Toscano-Anderson replied. "I was very excited to guard James Harden."

Well, you've got to appreciate the fact that he's not afraid of a challenge. There might not be a tougher player to guard than Harden in the entire league, but then again, Toscano-Anderson didn't finally establish himself as an NBA player this season by taking the easy way out.

[RELATED: Toscano-Anderson reveals all-time Warriors starting five]

The Warriors and Rockets were scheduled to play each other for a fourth and final time this season in Houston on April 2. Obviously, that particular game won't take place on that day, but whether it is postponed or canceled, Toscano-Anderson surely will have more opportunities to try to make things harder on Harden.

Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception

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Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception

The Warriors don't know if or when the current NBA season will resume, much less the next one. But whenever the 2020-21 season takes place, they'll likely have used several assets at their disposal with which to return to a level of legitimate contention.

But in terms of the Warriors' asset that likely will have the greatest determining impact on their success next season, the $17.2 million trade exception they received for sending Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer stands apart from the rest.

Trade exceptions cannot be combined with others, so through the Iguodala trade exception, Golden State cannot acquire a player making more than $17.2 million (technically, it's $17,185,185.) However, trade exceptions can be split, so the Warriors could theoretically use the Iguodala trade exception to acquire multiple players, as long as their combined salaries don't exceed that amount.

While Golden State should absolutely be able to acquire a good player with that trade exception, the Dubs will have the added challenge of only having a tight window with which to use it. Once the league moratorium concludes at noon ET on July 6 (as currently scheduled), the Warriors will only have until the end of the following day to utilize the exception in a trade. They cannot use it prior to the moratorium, though in theory, they could agree to a trade at any point along the way.

Given the indefinite league stoppage due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's possible that Golden State will be granted some kind of an extension to use the Iguodala trade exception, but there is no guarantee. Whenever it expires, however, the Warriors would be wise to use it on one of the following seven players prior to that point.

CLICK FOR SEVEN POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR THE IGUODALA TRADE EXCEPTION