Golden State is optimistic some extra rest will help build the team’s resilience.
The Warriors hope to get point guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes back for the second round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday after announcing their injuries have progressed.
There are a couple reasons why Barton could have decided against the contract extension. First, he would probably like to find a team that will utilize him as a starter. Secondly, Barton in line for something along the lines Cheap College Basketball Jerseys of a four-year, $39 million extension, while last offseason the Trail Blazers matched a four-year, $75 million Nets’ offer sheet to retain reserve guard Allen Crabbe and signed backup small forward Evan Turner to a four-year, $70 million deal. The Hawks also signed shooting guard Kent Bazemore to a four-year, $70 million deal.
Barton has arguably had a higher impact over the last couple seasons than those players, and could realistically match or surpass their current contracts.
Health will important for Barton’s free agency stock next summer. He has only played one full season (2015-16) since being drafted in the second round in 2012.
Though Barton isn’t considered a great shooter — 32 percent career from beyond the arc — he is a great ball-handler and slasher. He could be an ideal Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys off-guard for a team trying to get over the hump.