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Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes Need Work

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Pietrus and Barnes have both been linked with the Mavs since the offseason began. I always assumed the Warriors were going to try and keep both, but it sounds that is not the case.

League sources said Toronto, Dallas and Miami were among those interested in Pietrus, but the Raptors committed their midlevel exception to sharpshooter Jason Kapono, and the Heat are still hoping to lure point guard Mo Williams away from Milwaukee.

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.

"If they have an interest in keeping Mickael, they need to let us know," Walters said.

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.

Barnes' agent, Dan Fegan, declined to answer questions while in Las Vegas for the summer league, but it's unlikely that the Warriors will commit close to their full midlevel exception to Barnes after paying the league minimum of $771,331 last season.
Pietrus is a guy I had a little interest in because he fit the athletic shooter mold, but after resigning Devean George and Jerry Stackhouse I'm not sure he has a place on the roster.

I still think Barnes could help this team, but I can't stand the guy...

Golden State is over the cap, and it doesn't sound like they'll be keeping both Pietrus and Barnes. GSoM predicts the Warriors will keep Barnes and let "Air France" find a new home.