Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND – Warriors center Andrew Bogut expects that his teammates in contract years will ultimately be rewarded for the season the team is having.
That includes Harrison Barnes, who is averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game, yet has seen his field goal percentages drop from last season. Barnes, who missed 16 games due to a sprained ankle, will become a restricted free agent this offseason after reportedly rejecting a four-year, $64 million offer from the Warriors before the season.
“We’re winning,” Bogut said Tuesday when asked about Barnes. “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 and all that. I mean, someone’s going to be giving him the max. 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, No. 2 option. So I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on his financial future.”
Bogut also highlighted the contributions of Marreese Speights, who in the final year of a three-year, $11 million deal after a slow start has emerged into a 3-point shooting threat and played well after Festus Ezeli underwent knee surgery.
Ezeli last week conceded that it wasn’t an “ideal” contract year for him missing an extended of period of time.
But Bogut believes that the Warriors on this team will be paid handsomely.
“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams.
“Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”