Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus have not yet signed contracts even though the signing period started on Wednesday. Most likely, both will sign with a team who can use their mid-level exception. It was raised to $5.36 mil this year and that's probably the highest either of the two will get. It's my guess that, they'll probably get something in the range of $3.5-4.5 mil/year. Teams in the recent past have been reluctant to hand out lucrative contracts to 2nd and 3rd tier class of free agents. Janny Hu breaks it down.
Talks with Golden State have been slow-moving and interest in a multi-year deal might be lukewarm on both ends. Happy Walters, Pietrus' agent, said the Warriors "have not been very responsive" since tendering a one-year offer of about $3.5 million last month.
Warriors vice president Chris Mullin confirmed this week that he has been in contact with both Pietrus' and Barnes' representatives, but no deal appears close with the latter, either.
Matt will be dunking on Dirk next year, but in which uni?
As far as what Matt Barnes is doing, he's home in Sacramento starting up a basketball camp while waiting on contract offers to start rolling in. None of have arrived yet.
One option is that he could go to the Blazers with their need for a small forward.
I think the Warriors sign Barnes and let Pietrus walk. Barnes will get anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 mil per year and Pietrus will probably get the same. Where do you think Barnes and Pietrus will sign?