The fallout from Kevin Durant's momentous decision to form a Big Four in the Bay Area is just getting started. In order to make room for Durant, the Warriors must trade starting center Andrew Bogut and they've also renounced free-agent center Festus Ezeli, according to Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated.
With arrival of Durant, source says the Warriors will renounce their rights to the center Festus Ezeli making him an unrestricted free agent— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 4, 2016
Renouncing Ezeli puts another center on the market. Ezeli looked to be in line for a big pay day and still could get one, however, his performance in the NBA Finals after Bogut went down left a lot to be desired. Ezeli, who will be 27 when the season rolls around, has also had a checkered injury history. He has played just 46 games in each of the last two regular seasons. There are no perfect options on the center market, but Ezeli is another option, nonetheless.
The Dallas Mavericks appear to be in prime position to pick up some of the fallout from the Durant decision. The Mavericks have been rumored to be a destination for restricted free-agent Harrison Barnes for a few days, and he will reportedly be offered a 4-year, $94 million deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Barnes, like Ezeli, has also been renounced and is officially an unrestricted free agent.
The Mavericks, of course, will proceed with their planned $94 million offer sheet to Warriors restricted free agent Harrison Barnes July 7— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
Andrew Bogut, who injured his knee in the Finals, needs to be moved and ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that Dallas could be a destination for Bogut.
Sources say Dallas, furthermore, has emerged as a strong potential trade destination for Andrew Bogut, who the Warriors must now move.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
Bogut has one year left on his contract at just a little over $11 million. The Blazers have not been linked to any of the players so far.