On Tuesday night, Harrison Barnes will return to Oracle Arena for Team USA's exhibition against China.
Now that Barnes no longer plays for the Warriors, will it be strange?
“It won’t be emotional,” Barnes told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “I had a great experience at Golden State. They were a first-class organization. The fans there were great. It won’t be anything bitterness or anything like that."
The Warriors selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Over four seasons with Golden State, Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 45 percent from the field and nearly 38 percent from distance.
When Kevin Durant announced on July 4 that he will sign with the Warriors, Barnes knew his time in the Bay Area was over.
“The decision was more so made for me,” Barnes told Spears. “I was not necessarily walking away from the situation. I wasn’t saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to go there.’ But at the same time, I’m very excited about Dallas. It gives me an opportunity to grow...
“Right after the KD decision happened, I texted everyone individually something special to them whatever it was, whatever my relationship was with them. I didn’t want to do the cliché, ‘I’m out, guys.’ I wanted to text each person individually and tell them that we are family and how much they meant to me.”
Barnes signed a 4-year, $94.4 million max deal with Dallas, that includes a $25.1 million player option in 2019-20.
The 24-year old won't be emotional on Tuesday night, but that won't be the case when he returns to Oracle as a member of the Mavericks.
"In the regular season, it will be a different feeling than now," Barnes acknowledged. "It’s still fresh. I’m going there with USA. It’s not like I’m going there with the Dallas Mavericks.”