Golden State Warriors Opening Night: Rings, Dancing, Banners, An Andrew Bogut Middle Finger, and Harrison Barnes Will Become a Restricted Free Agent

The defending champs are back at it tonight, taking on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

But before we get to more of this

 

we’ve got to peep The Official Championship Banner/Ring Ceremony.

First, the rings in question.  CREAMY

For a second I thought the Warriors borrowed Nicki Minaj’s classy, understated engagement ring, but no, that was not the case

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On to the actual ceremony.

Every Palo Alto mother’ favorite player kicked things off by saying a few words

Robin got his ring

Then Aussie center Andrew Bogut received his custom-fitted, middle-finger championship ring. Middle-finger for his haters. Why else?

Of course, this wouldn’t be the Warriors without some singing, dancing and Drake puns aplenty

And, finally, The Bay got themselves another banner

Time to get back to some good ol’ fashioned hoops. Don’t tell Steph it’s a new season, though. Dude’s picking up right where he left off

In other news, ESPN is reporting that Harrison Barnes will not be signing a contract extension before the Nov. 2 deadline, making him a restricted free agent after this season.  Barnes turned down a $64 million offer from Golden State and changed agents in late September.

Barnes will be a massive name in the RFA market next off-season and will surely command a healthy offer from a team with cap to spend.  He has tons of upside and has seen his role with the Warriors grow each year in the league. Barnes has also been mentioned in just about every trade rumor whenever the Golden State front office sniffs around the league in search of another marquee player.  You have to imagine that Barnes is seeking some stability and long-term assurance.

Last season, Barnes averaged 10 and 5 in 28 minutes per game for the defending champs.  Those numbers will explode if he ends up going to a team that expects him to be more than the fourth scoring option.  Don’t be surprised to see Barnes traded late in the season or head elsewhere after the season in a Chandler Parsons to Dallas type RFA situation.

The Splash Bros will be in The Bay for years to come, but Golden State better take full advantage of Barnes while he’s still in town.

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