OAKLAND – The Warriors, as expected, exercised contract options on the fourth-year contracts for forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli, the club announced Thursday.
The team declined to exercise its option on third-year guard Nemanja Nedovic, which also was expected.
Barnes, drafted seventh overall in 2012, had a solid rookie season, with 81 games in the starting lineup. He was relegated to backup status last season, in the wake of the team acquiring Andre Iguodala via a sign-and-trade agreement.
This season, however, Barnes is back in the starting lineup as rookie coach Steve Kerr continues to ponder lineups and rotations. Kerr has made it clear that both are subject to change.
Ezeli, after a promising rookie season in 2012-13, underwent major surgery on his right knee and missed the entire 2013-14 season. He returned to action late in the preseason and played eight minutes in the season opener Wednesday night in Sacramento.
Nedovic can become an unrestricted free agent next July, while Barnes and Ezeli are eligible to become restricted free agents in July 2016.
Barnes' contract calls for a $3.87 million salary for 2015-16, while Ezeli will make $2 million.