It appears the 76ers do have interest in Harrison Barnes.
ESPN is reporting that the Sixers plan to be "serious suitors" for the Golden State Warriors' restricted free agent. The Inquirer and Daily News reported on June 19 the Sixers could make a run at the 6-foot-8 small forward, who fits perfectly in their system. He's a solid defender who shot 38.3 percent from three-point range in the regular season.
The 24-year-old struggled against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. However, Barnes would be a solid pickup for a Sixers team in need of a credible free-agent acquisition.
The Warriors won't have room for him if they sign Kevin Durant in free agency. So Barnes may decide to look for the highest free-agent contract available. The Sixers could decide to overpay him with a lucrative contract, possibly a max deal. The team is prepared to overpay for free agents this summer.
In Barnes, the Sixers would get a young but experienced player to grow with the franchise. He's not an all-star-caliber player, but he is a solid one.
Golden State has the right to match any offer Barnes receives. But it may be hesitant to match a max deal.
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