Kevin Durant and Al Horford clearly are the two biggest NBA free agency prizes, but they are far from the only impact players on the market.
Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes also is there for the taking as a soon-to-be restricted free agent, and he’s reportedly already drawing interest from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers will be “serious suitors” for Barnes once free agency begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. ET, league sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Tuesday.
Potentially working in Philly’s favor is the Warriors’ interest in Durant, as Stein points out Golden State can’t sign both KD and Barnes. If Durant chooses somewhere else, though, sources told ESPN the Warriors will make keeping Barnes a “top priority.”
Barnes, who made the final cut for Team USA’s 2016 Summer Olympics squad, averaged a career high 11.7 points per game this year, but his scoring average dropped to 9.3 in the NBA Finals, which the Warriors ultimately lost in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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