Dec 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes reacts during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Unlikely to Deal Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes may be a disappointment thus far this season for the Golden State Warriors, but the team is not about to give up on him.

According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors will only trade Barnes if they can find a deal that “significantly improves the roster” That report was seconded by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, who noted that GM Bob Myers and Co. have apparently told Barnes that he will not be dealt, barring a “blockbuster offer.”

Making a blockbuster trade would be unlikely for the Warriors, since they are up against the luxury tax and are unable to trade any drafts. Additionally, they lack bench depth as is, and a big deal would likely involve them including several key bench players, such as Barnes.

In 45 games this season, Barnes is averaging 10 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Although he is averaging double-digits, he has struggled as of late, and has been rather inconsistent in his bench role this season.

That may have forced the Warriors to go out and acquire Jordan Crawford from the Celtics. Crawford, however, is averaging just 6.3 points since coming over.

Thus, the Warriors may be looking to make one more move to strengthen their bench before the deadline on Wednesday. They have several trade exceptions that can be used to deal for a bench player, and Steve Blake’s name has been mentioned in the latest rumor.

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