Harrison Barnes: 'It's Difficult' to Go from Warriors to Rebuilding with Mavs

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 1: Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks runs back on defense against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on April 1, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Mavericks 98-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Harrison Barnes
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Spending the last two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks has provided Harrison Barnes with a new perspective toward team-building in the NBA.

"It's difficult," Barnes said of moving from the Golden State Warriors to the Mavericks, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk. "I think I've definitely gained a greater appreciation for the process. To be able to understand how good teams are built, how competitive it is every single night, the margin between wins and losses."

The Warriors were a playoff team in each of Barnes' four years in the Bay Area. They were also the NBA champions in 2015 and were one win short of making it two titles in a row in the 2016 Finals.

By comparison, the Mavericks won 57 combined games over the past two years and didn't finish higher than 11th in the Western Conference.

Moving to Dallas hasn't been without some benefits for Barnes.

He occupies a far bigger role with the Mavs than he would've with the Warriors, especially since Kevin Durant arrived in Golden State just as he was leaving. Barnes is averaging 19.0 points and 5.5 rebounds with the Mavs, compared to 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds with the Warriors.

The 26-year-old can opt out of his four-year, $94 million contract after the 2018-19 season. Especially if Dallas becomes a playoff contender, turning down $25.1 million in 2019-20 in favor of a long-term deal might be a solid bet.