June 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes prepares to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes to the Lakers?

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Tar Heels in the Pro’s: The Golden State Warriors landed a jewel in Harrison Barnes last season when they drafted him. Now it appears that they are more than willing to send him where ever needed to land the services of Dwight Howard.

The Warriors are prepared to send Barnes and a few other players in a packaged deal to the Los Angeles Lakers for Dwight Howard.

The Warriors went all in to grab Barnes in last year’s draft, but it seems they see Howard playing a bigger role for their team rather than Barnes. Barnes will be a natural fit anywhere he plays in the NBA with his athleticism and great shooting.

From REAL GM Wiretap:

The Golden State Warriors are prepared to offer Andrew Bogut and either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Dwight Howard.

The Warriors can also offer expiring contracts such as Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins to offer more cap relief to the Lakers, though only Steve Nash is signed for 14-15.

The Warriors are confident that they can give the Lakers the best offer should Howard decide he doesn’t want to re-sign.

The Warriors are not scared off by Howard’s recent injuries or his personality.

“Are you kidding?” one source said. “He’s the best center in the game.”

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

To play for the Lakers is an honor, and it should mean a lot for Barnes. However, he has established himself as a key role player at Golden State. The fan reaction is positive and most fans would love to see him play for the Lakers. Those who dislike the Lakers of course would have to bite their tongues to continue cheering on their former and beloved Tar Heel!

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